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Sinn Féin: Better for Housing – McDonald

4 December, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Today Sinn Féin unveiled a plan to address the housing crisis that has been created by successive Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour governments.

The policy will deliver 100,000 new social and affordable homes and security and certainty for tenants, and also support homeowners and buyers.

Speaking at the launch, Sinn Féin Vice President, Mary Lou MacDonald TD said:

“Increasing homelessness, soaring rents, never-ending housing waiting lists, and poor quality houses and apartments are the legacy of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, and the Labour party.

“Housing across this state is in crisis as successive governments have handed responsibility for housing to landlords, developers and bankers. Profit has been put before the needs of citizens and we are all paying the price.

“Government cannot be a spectator in this crisis facing the homeless, facing families and facing homeowners.  Government must act to resolve this crisis. The resources are available to end this crisis.

“Sinn Féin is the party that will build quality homes and inclusive communities.

“We believe that everyone has the right to a home.

“The policy document launched today gives effect to that right. Sinn Féin in government will deliver 100,000 new homes, will deliver security and certainty for tenants, will support home owners and buyers.

“The housing crisis can and must be tackled, there is no short cut. The answer is obvious simple we need to start building houses again. We need rent control and we need to ensure quality building standards. We need to stop the profiteering of banks at the cost of mortgage holders.

“All of this is possible, the resources are available, but it requires the political will. Sinn Féin has led out a plan to tackle the issue. Sinn Féin in government will deliver that plan.” 

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