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Darragh O'Brien TD must publicly outline Fianna Fáil's proposals to tackle the housing crisis - Eoin Ó Broin TD

9 April, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has called on Fianna Fáil's new housing spokesperson Darragh O'Brien TD to publicly outline his proposals for tackling the housing crisis.

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“Deputy Ó Brien's party has spent its time within the current confidence and supply agreement on one hand complaining about the government’s approach to the housing crisis and on the other voting in favour of their proposals. 

“The party has managed to avoid spelling out any key proposals it has to tackle the ongoing crisis.

“His party leader Michaél Martin has said he wants more money allocated to the housing budget. 

"That’s easy to say but, how much would Fianna Fáil allocate to the Housing capital budget?

“How many social and affordable homes does Deputy O'Brien want to see delivered this year, next year within three years? What are the party’s affordable housing proposals? 

“Fianna Fáil’s last attempt to provide affordable housing as of 2017 has left 42% of shared ownership mortgage holders in arrears of over 90 days. 

“When Fianna Fáil had huge resources available to them when last in government they managed to deliver on average 5,523 social houses per year while housing waiting lists and rent subsidy costs spiralled. 

“What are Fianna Fáil’s proposals to tackle homelessness? They have offered none of their own yet actively blocked opposition measures. 

“They refused to support the Focus Ireland amendment would have prevented buy to let landlords who benefited from tax breaks from issuing vacant possession notices to quit. 

"The issuing of vacant notices to quit are acknowledged to be the leading cause of family homelessness. 

“It is time for Fianna Fáil to step up to the plate and to stop hiding behind the confidence and supply agreement. 

"Voters need to see what they would do differently. However if you go on their past record in government there is not much between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in terms of housing delivery.” 

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