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Government’s response to housing is a complete failure as rents continue to soar - Imelda Munster TD

13 June, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has lambasted Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy over the continued increase in the cost of rent across the state.

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy Munster told the Minister that his approach to date has been a failure, and called on him to build social and affordable housing, and to introduce rent controls.

Deputy Munster said:

“It’s time the reality dawned on Minister Murphy that his response isn’t working.

“In constituency offices across the state, every day of the week, people are stressed out at the lack of affordable rental property, the lack of social housing and the lack of affordable housing for those looking to buy.

"Each part of the housing sector compounds the problems in the other.

“It’s as though the Minister has a disconnect when it comes to the reality of the housing emergency.

“After seven and a half years in government we’re still given the same spiel every time, despite the fact that it’s deliberate government policy not to roll out a proper state-funded social and affordable housing building programme.

“Instead of tackling the crisis Minister Murphy is focusing his energy on instructing local authorities to remove people from the official homeless figures. This shows where his priorities lie.

“The lack of a proper social and affordable housing programme is a key issue in this crisis, and as long as this remains the case, rents will continue to soar.”

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