Minister’s crocodile tears of little comfort to tenants she refused to protect - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has criticised Minister Regina Doherty’s response to the plight of a 71 year old man, who has been issued with a notice to quit by his landlord.
The Dublin Mid-West TD said:
“The Fine Gael social protection Minister had the opportunity to protect tenants like Frank. She neglected to do so. Her crocodile tears this morning are of little comfort to the tenants her government failed to protect.
“Frank's landlord would not have been able to evict him if Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil had supported the Focus Ireland amendment tabled by me and other TDs last December.
“The amendment would have restricted the termination of tenancies in Buy-to-Let properties.
“Buy-to-let landlords who benefited from generous state tax relief when purchasing the property would be outlawed from issuing vacant possession notices to quit when seeking to the sell the property.
“Unfortunately on the December 16th last year Fine Gael voted against this measure and Fianna Fáil abstained.
“Frank’s situation is more and more common for many households. The Minister for Housing must act. The amendment to the legislation has been drafted. The work has been done. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil just need to support it.”
Please see the text of the Focus Ireland amendment and the vote list below: