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Rents out of control in Fingal and north county Dublin – O’Reilly

17 August, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O’Reilly has said that the latest Daft rent report has only confirmed that which we all know; that “rents have spiralled out of control and show no signs of slowing down”.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Rents have risen 13.2% in a year in Fingal and north county Dublin, with the average rent here now standing at €1,615.

“The government’s reliance on the private sector to solve the housing crisis and the Minister’s light touch philosophy has had no impact.

“The Rent Pressure Zones were unambitious to begin with and demonstrated the reluctance of Fine Gael to interfere with a market that is dysfunctional at best, fundamentally broken at worst. Similarly, the lack of construction of social and affordable housing is simply driving people towards that private sector market, driving up rents for all.

“There are a number of policy objectives that the government would be better served in pursuing, such as rent certainty and increased investment in social and affordable housing. However, their default response has been to appear in the media to tell the people that it’s not as bad as it looks. Such insulting and embarrassing actions are an indication that the government truly doesn’t know how bad the housing emergency has become.

“It is clear that this government, backed to the hilt by their default coalition partners, Fianna Fáil, are doing more harm than good when it comes to the housing crisis. They have no plan and it seems they haven’t a clue either.” 

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