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Rent Certainty sacrificed by Fianna Fáil desire for control – Quinlivan

6 May, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has criticised Fianna Fáil for giving their support to a Fine Gael government that has removed any possibility of rent certainty in this state. Deputy Quinlivan’s comments come after Minister Michael Noonan described rent certainty as ‘problematic and tricky’

The Limerick TD said:

“Yesterday before the Housing Sub-Committee, Minister Noonan firmly ruled out rent certainty saying that the market was sacrosanct and could not be interfered with. This is the same rental market that was allowed to skyrocket before the recession and led to so many losing their homes. We can see history repeating itself before our very eyes.

“It is to Fianna Fáil’s shame that they supported this government. Rent certainty is good for renters, landlords, and the market itself. If rent certainty had been in place before the bubble of the Celtic Tiger burst, rents would not have been so high and would not have fallen too such a degree that properties went into NAMA and foreclosure, costing people their homes.

“Fianna Fáil, architects of the recession in Ireland, have done nothing to prevent such a catastrophe happening again. Their actions today will cause more hurt and pain to Irish families and all because in their desire for control of both government and opposition, they have propped up Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. We will hold Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael equally to account in this Dáil.” 

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