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Whips to consider Sinn Féin motion to establish a Dáil sub-committee on housing crisis

6 April, 2016 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin’s Dáil motion calling for an all party sub-committee to report on the implications for Ireland if urgent action is not taken to address the escalating homelessness and housing crisis, will be discussed at a meeting of party whips tomorrow.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed this and said he hope to have the motion selected and the committee carrying out its remit next week.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“At the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil Sinn Féin made the argument that the problems facing ordinary citizens should not be put on the long finger while the process of forming a government drags on.  Unfortunately that is exactly what happened and the housing crisis has been allowed to escalate even further.

“One of the first acts of the Dáil was to establish a sub-committee on Dáil reform and while this is something Sinn Féin supports we believe that other issues , including the housing crisis, demanded greater priority than the issue, though laudable, of Dáil reform.

“If the Dáil can establish a sub-committee on Dáil reform in the absence of a government then there is no reason why a sub-committee on the housing crisis cannot be established.”

Text of motion is below:

- That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders

– (a) a sub-Committee shall be established to report on the implications for Ireland if urgent action is not taken to address the escalating homelessness and housing crisis.

- (b) The sub-Committee shall be chaired by one of its membership of 12 as agreed by the House at the sitting of the Dáil on April 6th.  Standing Order 93(2) shall not apply to the sub-Committee (in relation to using the d’Hondt system for the allocation of the post of chairpersons.

- (c) The sub-Committee shall be mandated to hold hearings in public with expert witnesses; invite and accept written submissions; draw up a report(s); make findings; and/or suggest recommendations if the membership so agrees in unison or in majority/minority format.

- (d) It shall produce an interim report, containing also its proposed work schedule, to be debated at a meeting of the Dáil no less than one week, and no more than a fortnight, after its establishment on April 6th 2016.

- (e) A final report by the sub-Committee shall be presented within six weeks of initial meeting, to An Ceann Chomhairle for earliest possible discussion in the House.

- (f) The sub-Committee shall meet as frequently as appropriate to fulfil its remit.

- (g) the sub-Committee membership shall be made up of three members appointed by Fine Gael, three members by Fianna Fáil, two members by Sinn Féin, one member by the Labour Party and three members representing the independent deputies and members from other political parties.” 

Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Gerry Adams, John Brady, Pat Buckley, Seán Crowe, David Cullinane, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin J. Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Martin Kenny, Mary Lou McDonald, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Carol Nolan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Jonathan O'Brien, Louise O'Reilly, Maurice Quinlivan, Brian Stanley, Peadar Tóibín

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