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Fine Gael look after developers and landlords while the rest are collateral damage – Imelda Munster TD

27 September, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster has strongly criticised the government for their preferential treatment of bankers and developers while failing to provide for ordinary people.

Deputy Munster commented that the only credit Fine Gael can claim on the issue of housing after seven years in power is that they facilitated the escalation of the matter from crisis to full blown emergency, with over 90,000 households currently on council housing lists, and 8,000 people homeless across the State.

There are 4,109 households on the housing list in Louth alone.

Deputy Munster said:

“The government has tried every Mickey Mouse option in the book in attempt to look like they are doing something about the housing emergency. The only thing they won’t do is to actually invest in social and affordable housing.

“Instead, they ensure that developers are looked after, and that landlords are looked after.

“The people who are not looked after by Fine Gael are those experiencing the misery and uncertainty of homelessness, four generations of the one family living in overcrowded conditions, people waiting over 10 years on housing lists, and an entire generation of young people for whom home-ownership may never become a reality.

“For as long as Fine Gael choose not to roll out a proper, state-wide, state-funded social and affordable housing building programme this situation will continue.

“Fine Gael is comfortable with a society where 8,000 people are homeless, including 3,000 children. Fine Gael is comfortable with tenants being priced out of the private rental market and young families being priced out of the property market.

“What’s good for developers and landlords is good for Fine Gael, and the rest is collateral damage.”

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