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Meath renters crucified while Housing Minister English washes his hands - Peadar Tóibín TD

21 March, 2018

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín, has said that the government’s rental policy has been "a clear failure in light of huge rent increases in Ireland, but in County Meath in particular".

Deputy Tóibín said:

“According to data released today from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), Meath has increased an annual increase in rent of 10.6%. This is the third highest in the country, below County Louth and County Sligo.

“As was forecast, areas outside rent pressure zones are seeing dramatic rent increases. The average rent in Navan is now €954 per month.

"The average rent in Trim is €959 and in Kells, the average rent is €892. Despite the relentless increases, none of these towns are eligible to be included as rent pressure zones.

“The need for rent certainty has never been clearer. This can only be achieved to linking rents to an index such as the Consumer Price Index. Unfortunately this has been voted down by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on multiple occasions when introduced as a bill by Sinn Féin.

“Renters are continuing to struggle with inflated prices and they are only getting more squeezed as the situation is allowed to continue.

"I will continue to campaign for the inclusion of towns in the Meath West constituency to be included as rent pressure zones.”

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