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Lynn Boylan MEP calls for immediate government action on housing

1 December, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to urgently address the housing crisis.

Speaking ahead of a major housing demonstration today, organised by Right2Change, Ms Boylan said:

“A year after the tragic death of Jonathan Corrie, after countless publicity friendly emergency summits, nothing has changed, the housing situation is in fact worse.

“According to figures released today, more than 2,100 adults accessed emergency accommodation each night across the Dublin region between July and September this year, an increase of 233 adults compared to April to June 2015.

“Over 1,300 children were also placed into emergency accommodation in this period.

“Nearly half of those who contacted the Tenancy Protection Service were deemed to be at risk of homelessness.”

“This is not good enough.

 “Ireland is one of the most expensive places to rent in Europe and last year the average rent increase was 9.3% and in areas across Dublin this figure is even higher.

“This government claim it can’t interfere with the market and bring in rent control, however it has no problem giving tax breaks to developers.

“Minister for Announcements, but very little action, Alan Kelly, has boasted of a tenfold increase in the building of social housing.

“Let’s be clear, that’s a ten-fold increase from 20 houses and all the while he plans to sell off council housing at a discount, further depleting the housing stock.

“Fine Gael and Labour have failed ordinary families, families struggling to pay rent, families in mortgage distress and families languishing on waiting lists.

“Families are better off with Sinn Féin.

“We want to substantially increase the number of social houses being built.

“We want to see banks compelled into entering into genuine negotiations with struggling families.

“Sinn Féin believe that tenants must be given rent certainty.

“I urge all those who feel that there is a better way, a fairer way to deal with this crisis to join us on the march today.”

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