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Fine Gael fail to support another housing bill- Sorcha Nic Cormaic

7 December, 2015 - by Sorcha Nic Cormaic

Sorcha Nic Cormaic is disappointed that the government parties have voted against the Sinn Féin member’s bill to provide preventative measures for homelessness and rent uncertainty.

Cllr Nic Cormaic stated:

“Last week’s bill sought to amend Section 2 and Section 10 of the Housing Act 1988 to update the definition of homelessness and bring in new responsibilities for Local Authorities in dealing with homelessness and people affected by it.

It would have compelled Local Authorities to take preventative measures in the case of individuals or families at risk of homelessness. It would also have insured rent certainty for tenants.

The rejection of this bill by the government is unacceptable, given its timely and much needed content”.

Nic Cormaic added:

“I am particularly disappointed at the positions taken by sitting TD’s for the area. Alan Shatter voted against the bill, while Alex White, Olivia Mitchell and Shane Ross were not present.

These sitting TDs have failed to engage in any meaningful way with the housing crisis. I am appalled at their continued disinterested stance”.

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