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Cllr Holland welcomes publication of Sinn Féin Housing Policy

16 December, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Sarah Holland, has welcomed the publication of the Sinn Féin Housing Policy.

She said

“The council housing department are doing their absolute best, but the fact is that the current Government strategy has relied too heavily on the private market.

Virtually no new homes have been built in their tenure, and the housing emergency we are currently experiencing is partially a result of that.

Rising rents have pushed tenants out of their homes, and no new building has taken place to any significant degree.

People are being left with literally nowhere to go, with waiting lists for emergency accommodation.

The first time a family came to me who were sleeping in their car, I was shocked.

Now, society in general have become hardened to those sleeping in hospital waiting rooms and cars – it has been normalised by Government policy”.

Cllr Holland noted that the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act PRTB2015 came into effect this week, which effected a temporary prohibition on rent reviews more than once in every two year period.

She noted that tenants had undergone a flurry of rent increases as some landlords anticipated the prohibition and tried to squeeze as much as they could out of tenants before it came into effect.

She said:

“I think the Government has fudged its responsibility on housing.  It has failed spectacularly.

It failed to introduce rent certainty, it failed to build any new homes, it failed those living on our streets this Christmas.

Sinn Féin is offering a practical and prudent alternative of sustained investment in building new social houses at a rate of 100,000 houses over the next fifteen years.

We are in it for the long haul.  We aim to totally overturn the years of misery inflicted on us by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour with a programme of sustained investment in our public services.

We want a fair recovery.”

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