Senator Paul Gavan Slams Minister Murphy failure to address Housing Crisis
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan slammed the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy on his department’s abject failure to address the continually growing housing crisis.
Speaking today during a Seanad debate on Housing, Senator Gavan said:
“The Joint Committee on Housing made a number of recommendations to help tackle the housing crisis. These include building 10,000 social houses a year, direct funding for affordable renting and purchase, and that no family is in emergency accommodation for more than 6 months.
"If we are serious about dealing with the housing crisis, we need to implement these basic recommendations.
“We have a situation where your party, Fine Gael, are consistently taking the side of the landlord. We have a problem where tenants do not have the right to stay in their houses when that house goes up for sale, and live in constant fear of the next rent hike.
"This government is forcing people into homelessness through failing to legislate for housing regulation and proper rights to housing. An even bigger problem is that Fine Gael doesn’t seem to even recognise the severity of this problem.
“Capital investment is also far too low. Under the government’s own programme for investment – State funding for building housing in this state in 2019 will still be less than what it was in 2011 when Fine Gael first came to office.
“Of the 130,000 social housing families that you want to help only 37,000 of those will be housed through actual social housing – the rest will be through the private market. We are spending too much money throwing it at private landlords.
“We need a commitment by the State to public housing. Your predecessor Simon Coveney failed to address this issue, and unless immediate action is taken, your legacy as Minister for Housing will be of the same substandard."