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Under Minister Murphy the housing crisis is getting worse - Eoin Ó Broin TD

12 June, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has said today that “Under Minister Murphy the housing crisis is getting worse”.

He made his comments at the launch of a mobile billboard to mark Minister Murphy’s first year in office.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Minister Murphy will be a year in office this Thursday. On his appointment Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gave the new Minister a number of tasks.

“He was to undertake a short review of Rebuilding Ireland, consider as vacant property tax, increase the quantum of social housing and take measures to keep landlords in the private rental sector. He was also to publish the vacant homes strategy that was completed by his predecessor.

“Twelve months on and no review of Rebuilding Ireland has been published. No vacant homes strategy has been published. Landlord exiting the market is now the biggest cause of family homelessness. No vacant homes tax has been introduced. And the number of real social houses to be delivered in 2018 will actually be lower than in 2017.

“By every single indicator the housing and homeless crisis is getting worse. Homelessness is up. Child homelessness is up. Pensioner homelessness is up. House prices and rents continue to rise. Social housing delivery is glacial. Zero affordable homes have been delivered by Government. The rent pressure zones are not working. The Minister can’t even tell us how many new homes were built since he came to office.

“Under Minister Murphy the housing crisis is getting worse. The central problem is that the Governments policy is not working. It’s over reliance on the private rental sector and under-investment in social and affordable housing is the problem.

The Government continues to prioritise the interests of a small group of large investment firms over working families, students, those in emergency accommodation and those in need of affordable and social housing. 

“Budget 2019 represents an opportunity to change this. Unless we see a significant increase in capital funding, more ambitious local authority targets for delivery of social and affordable housing and emergency measures to stem the flow of adults and children into homelessness then the crisis will continue to get worse.”

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