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Tánaiste refuses to state when Government will help struggling renters & homebuyers – Ó Broin

5 May, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald for refusing to state when the Government will roll out its new model of affordable rental housing. Affordable rental housing would provide working tenants who are not eligible for social housing but cannot afford to rent or buy in the private market with long term tenancies at affordable rents

During an exchange with Minister Fitzgerald in the Dáil yesterday Deputy Ó Broin said:

“There are a growing number of working individuals and families who are not eligible for social housing but who cannot afford to rent or buy a home in the private market. Some estimate the number of such families to run into tens of thousands.

“The Programme for Government makes a commitment to develop a new model of affordable rental to meet the needs of these people within the first 100 days of government. The detail of this cost rental model was due to be rolled out by the third quarter of 2016. These commitments have not been met.

“A number of questions need to be answered as to the detail of such a scheme. Who will be eligible for affordable rental accommodation? Who will run these schemes? Will legislation be required to allow local authorities to run such schemes? Most importantly we need to know, when affordable rental units will be available for people to rent?

“I raised these questions with Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald this week. Unfortunately, she could not answer any of my questions. This is not good enough. Government must keep to its commitments and if it cannot it must explain to the Dáil and to the public why not.” 

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