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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil epic fail in helping Meath renters – Tóibín

20 December, 2016

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín has slammed Fine Gael for ramming through legislation last Friday, meaning that there will be no limits on landlords imposing rent increases for most of the country, including Meath.

Deputy Tóibín has also expressed his disappointment that Fianna Fáil abstained from the vote, in a pre-ordained deal with Fine Gael so that the legislation could pass.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“I am deeply disappointed that this legislation has been pushed through the Dáil. It leaves renters in County Meath with no protection against rent inflation. It is ludicrous that this is the case – rent in Meath has increased by 50% in the past four years – and further increases are being aided and abetted by the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil tag team.

“Rents in Meath are currently the highest in the country, with a shocking 15.8% increase in the past year alone. Many individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet as it is. Now they have no guarantee that rents will not increase – to the point that rented accommodation becomes unaffordable. This is too often how homelessness begins.  

“Fianna Fáil have crowed about supporting rent certainty. However this has been the fifth opportunity that both they and their effective partners, Fine Gael, have refused to accept a Sinn Féin proposal linking rents to the Consumer Price Index. Actions speak louder than words, and unfortunately it is those who are already on the edge that will suffer the most.

“Many ordinary families in Meath are already struggling to make ends meet, with their disposable income being swallowed up by an increasing black hole of rent. Fianna Fáil have yet again shown their true colours by protecting their position in government, at the expense of the people they represent. It’s no overstatement to say that Fianna Fáil have let Meath down.”

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