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Meath West towns must be included as rent control zones – Tóibín

9 March, 2018

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín has taken Minister of State Damien English to task for his failure to include Meath West towns such as Navan and Trim, which have experienced unprecedented rental hikes, as rent pressure zones.

Deputy Tóibín, who raised the issue directly with Damien English in the Dáil this week, said:

“Our constituency has the shocking, infamous record of being one of the areas that has seen the highest increases in rents in the country, quarter after quarter and year after year. Rents in Meath jumped by nearly 12% last year – the second highest rise in the country. This is causing immeasurable hardship and putting enormous pressure on families.

“While rent pressure zones have been applied to towns in the east of the county, such as Ashbourne, Ratoath and Laytown, there are no protections from spiralling rent increases for town in Meath West.

“Sinn Féin have tabled legislation for rent certainty which has been put before the Dáil on numerous occasions, but these have been consistently blocked by both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Rent certainty measures include proposals to link rents to the Consumer Price Index which would offer great security to thousands of people vulnerable to escalating prices.

“Unfortunately, there is no real will from Fine Gael, or from their partners in government, Fianna Fáil, to act on the matter. It is unbelievable that we have a Junior Minister for Housing who has done so little to secure rent certainty for his constituency. I’m asking Deputy English once more, why has Meath West not been included in the State's rent control zones?” 

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