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Government inaction means home ownership is beyond grasp for an entire generation – Denise Mitchell TD

30 January, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD, Denise Mitchell, has called on the Government to support a Sinn Féin motion which aims to introduce ambitious affordable rental and purchase schemes aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

Speaking on the Sinn Féin motion in the Dáil on Tuesday evening, Deputy Mitchell said:

“An entire generation now sees home ownership as something that is totally beyond their grasp. They do not believe they will be able to live in the city or towns where their families have lived for generations. 

“While some wait for years on social housings lists, others on modest incomes are told they earn too much to be considered for social housing but nowhere near enough to buy a home in places like Dublin and Cork. They are left in limbo and we need a solution."

Criticising the Government’s recent ‘Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan’ scheme, Deputy Mitchell asked:

“Is this simply a scheme designed to clear the way for people to purchase overpriced homes? Because that will leave us with massive problems further down the tracks.”

Deputy Mitchell called for an amendment to Part 5 of the Planning and Development Act to provide for 10% affordable housing in addition to the existing 10% social housing requirement, and called for further action on rental prices.

Deputy Mitchell continued:

“The rental prices in some parts of the state, and particularly here in Dublin, are absolutely ridiculous.

"Some of the accommodation young people are being forced to stay in is nothing short of disgraceful. And because supply is so short, very few tenants are willing to come forward to call out the slum landlords who are exploiting these people.

“The people who are renting at such enormous prices simply can’t save a deposit for a home. So the Government needs to get serious on its 2014 commitment to developing an affordable rental model of housing”.

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