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There should be no return to sub-standard bedsit accommodation – Ó Broin

13 September, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has stated that advocates of a return to bedsit type accommodation are being dishonest about the impact of a return to this type of accommodation.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The return of the bedsit would undoubtedly be a retrograde step by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. The reality is that this type of accommodation is predominantly used by vulnerable families and individuals. Low income families, migrants, people with mental health issues and those with complex needs would end up being trapped for long periods of time in substandard, cramped bedsit type accommodation.

“In a positive move, bedsits were outlawed four years ago, while at the same time Fine Gael and Labour slashed social housing budgets and local authority budgets.  Despite the ban, this type of accommodation hasn’t gone away. I know of many families and individuals living in sub-standard bedsits in my own constituency.  

“Bedsits are not the solution to the housing crisis. Anybody who claims that these bedsits will be subject to stringent inspections isn’t living in the real world. The reality is local authorities do not have the resources to conduct the inspections required due to funding cuts by central government.

 “The solutions to housing crisis do not rest with lifting the ban on bad accommodation. The solution is the provision of secure, affordable and good quality accommodation, which the government as clearly not yet managed to grasp.” 

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