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More crocodile tears and hypocrisy from Fianna Fáil on rent increases - Eoin Ó Broin TD

4 May, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the hypocritical comments of Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’ Brien TD on the latest rent increases.

He stated that the TD has a “brass neck” criticising government policy on rent pressure zones while supporting them to implement it.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Fianna Fáil Housing spokesperson cannot wring his hands and lament the failings of the government his party supports, on the rental crisis. 

“There are clear examples from the party’s Dáil and Seanad voting record to date that the party happily says one thing and votes another way. 

“Since 2016 beginning with voting against Sinn Féin’s Rent Certainty Bill on June 16th of that year Fianna Fáil has voted against, abstained and supported the government in order to defeat any potential rent certainty measures. 

“On the 1st of December 2016 the party abstained on the Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill 2016 ensuring the government defeated the Bill and it could progress no further.

Similarly on the 15th of December 2016 theSocial and Affordable Housing Bill 2016 was defeated due to a Fianna Fáil abstention on a vote on the 15th December 2016.

“In the Seanad on the 24th of November 2016 the Fianna Fáil group voted against a rent certainty amendment during a debate on the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016.

“In the Dáil the Fianna Fáil TDs facilitated the passage of this legislation that established the rent pressure zones that Deputy O Brien has now taken issue with.

“Time and Time again Fianna Fáil has had the opportunity to do the right thing and vote in support of rent certainty, which is their own party policy, and has chosen not to do.

“I’m afraid Deputy O Brien’s comments today are more crocodile tears from the Fianna Fáil party on the rental crisis.”

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