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Government housing policy is tearing families apart- Louise O'Reilly

3 December, 2015

Speaking on the worsening housing crisis Sinn Féin’s candidate for Dublin Fingal Louise O Reilly said “ one of the most damaging aspects of this government’s failed housing policy is the tearing of families apart,” resulting in mothers and children taking refuge in relatives houses and fathers having to live in B&Bs or hostel accommodation in Dublin city centre.

O Reilly went on to say  “ people are sick of being told about the recovery, what recovery”.

"For the overwhelming majority of people in this constituency the years of recession compounded by this government’s austerity policies has seen the income of many families fall sharply due to job losses, pay cuts and/or reduced working hours.

The cost of living has shot up and there are more additional taxes to pay such as the family home tax, USC and water charges.

Thousands more families are struggling on very low incomes or social welfare and many are falling into serious housing difficulties due to chronic under investment in social housing.

The resulting increases in the private rental sector, with no corresponding increase in rent supplement have increased the waiting list from 8,378 in April 2015 to 9,213 in December 2015 by a staggering 835 in this constituency alone."

Louise O Reilly continued: “this is a disgrace, my heart goes out to them and the 1500 children having to live in emergency accommodation this Christmas”.

The sitting government TD’s in this constituency should also be questioned and challenged as to why they didn’t vote to support the Sinn Féin private members bill last night calling for greater rent certainty for tenants.”

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