Government stalling on rent certainty means more people becoming homeless – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has criticised the Government for failing to back Sinn Féin’s Bill to introduce rent certainty, which would go some way in tackling the spiralling cost of rents throughout the State.
Speaking after Leaders’ Questions the Dáil this afternoon, Teachta Adams accused the Government of stalling, saying it could take six months for the recommendations of the Oireachtas Housing and Homelessness Committee to be implemented and that action was needed immediately.
“Tens of thousands of families are being crippled by increasing rents and the constant rise in the cost of living. Many families simply cannot afford to pay rent.
“This emergency has been compounded by the failure of the Government to build social housing, which has created a massive shortage in supply and pushed more and more families into the private rented sector.
“How are working families expected to keep up with out of control rents, pay other bills and at the same time try to save a deposit to purchase their own home?
“Until now, the Government has set its face against rent certainty. The Government refused to link rent increases to the Consumer Price Index. Instead, they introduced measures that actually made things worse. The Government hasn’t built any number of social homes worth mentioning during the whole period the Taoiseach has been in office.
“The Government has made no commitment on rent certainty and even if the Housing Committee makes such a recommendation it will take at least six months for it to be implemented. That’s not good enough.
“People are being made homeless every day. There are people who will be homeless by the next time we have Leaders’ Questions, which is tomorrow. The Government needs to stop stalling on this issue, and act today by voting in favour of the Sinn Féin Bill this evening.”