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Fianna Fáil hypocrisy on Housing truly astounding - Eoin Ó Broin TD

13 October, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that 'Fianna Fáil's hypocrisy on housing is truly astounding'. His comments were made following Fianna Fáil's reaction to the housing proposals in Budget 2017.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

"Fianna Fáil's hypocrisy on housing is truly astounding. On budget day their housing spokesperson Barry Cowen criticised Budget 2017 for failing to offer any relief for private renters or any measures to tackle excessive rents. Yet the very next day Fianna Fail senators sided with their Fine Gael colleagues to oppose Sinn Féin Rent Certainty Bill. This Bill, which would save renting families up to €2000 per year, was defeated by the Fine Gael Fianna Fail coalition in the Dáil in June.

"Deputy Cowen and his colleague Darragh O'Brien have been very vocal in their criticism of the lack of real investment in tackling the housing crisis in budget 2017. Yet their own pre budget submission contained a mere 101 words on housing and homelessness and offered no actual proposasl and no costings. Deputy Cowen appears to have been as ineffective in his party's pre budget negotiations with Fine Gael as he was in the Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee 

"Fianna Fáil have nothing to offer those in real housing need, They have no solutions to the crisis in social housing or the private rented sector. They have nothing to offer those unable to purchase modest family homes. The 101 words dedicated to housing in their laughable “Budget Priorities” confirms this.

"Of course none of this should surprise us. Fianna Fáil created the housing crisis. They fuelled the property bubble, failed to regulate the private rented sector and downgraded the provision of social housing. Having caused so mush damage to so many people they can not be trusted on this or indeed any other issue.

"Their faux criticism of the anemic Fine Gael budget is cynical and hypocritical. But given their history of speaking out of both sides of their mouths while shafting hard pressed families we shouldn't be surprising."

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