Sinn Féin supports Secure Rents Campaign- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has lent Sinn Féin support to the Uplift and Trade Union Secure Rents campaign that was launched this morning. The campaign group comprises of the campaigning organisation Uplift, the Communications Workers Union, IMPACT, Mandate, SIPTU and UNITE. Speaking after the launch Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Sinn Féin is happy to support the three demands of the Secure Rents campaign. The group is calling on Minister Coveney to introduce rent certainty linking rents to the consumer price index, to revoke the right of landlords to evict tenants for the purpose of sale and to move from four year leases to indefinite leases.
“The launch of this campaign coincides with the development of Minister Coveney’s rental strategy, which is due to be launched by the end of this year. There is now a narrow window of opportunity for all interested stakeholders to influence the government’s rental strategy and Sinn Féin will make a detailed submission to the department on this issue.
“One if the key demands of the Secure Rents campaign is rent certainty. Sinn Féin has already introduced this legislation, twice. Both times Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael joined together to vote down our bill. The government could introduce legislation tomorrow on rent certainty, which wouldn’t solve all the problems in the rental sector but it would provide some breathing space to secure long term solutions.
“Any plan to resolve the crisis in the private rented sector must listen to all the stakeholders involved. Sinn Féin will be listening very carefully to any solutions proposed by tenant’s advocacy groups, by NGOs and by landlords on whom the private rented sector wouldn’t function without. We are open to having those conversations with responsible landlords and to listen to their concerns about the future direction of the private rented sector in this State.”