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Housing crisis ‘a litany of failures’ – Ó Caoláin

22 March, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has spoken of the plight of more than one thousand families desperately waiting for months, or even years, to have somewhere that they can call home in Monaghan alone.

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“It is lamentable that we find ourselves here again speaking on the homeless and housing emergency. This incredibly important and urgent issue has been debated in this chamber on many occasions. Solutions have been highlighted, but unfortunately these appear to have fallen on deaf ears. The homeless and housing emergency continues to spiral out of control and it is not just a Dublin issue.

“According to recent reports, there are 1012 housing units needed on Monaghan County Council’s Housing list. That represents a considerably greater number of people desperately waiting for months, or even years, to have somewhere that they can call home. Such a huge number of people on a small county’s housing waiting lists cannot come as a surprise to anyone, certainly not in this House, considering the fact that over the lifetime of the previous Government, the council construction fund was cut by a colossal 80%.

“In addition, the previous Government failed to tackle unaffordable rents for 5 years. Research recently carried out found that rents were 9% higher in 2015 compared to 2014. In Monaghan, there has been an increase of 7.3%. In Cavan, there has been an increase of a staggering 11.4%.

“The litany of failures goes on and on.

“Please, let us not find ourselves discussing this pressing issue after yet another passage of weeks or months. People and families deserve better. The time to act is now. Please let us end the lip service and ensure that the appropriate action is taken.” 

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