Fianna Fáil need to detail what their Housing Budget looks like – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Fianna Fáil to put their money where their mouth is and detail what their Housing Budget looks like.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Fianna Fáil are as responsible for the housing and homeless crisis as Fine Gael. Not only were they responsible for the property crash in 2008, but also for the two years they have been facilitating Fine Gael’s housing policy and Budgets which have left thousands homeless and tens of thousands more without secure or affordable homes.
“In recent months, Fianna Fáil have been demanding that the Government make Budget 2019 a housing budget. Yet, they have yet to say what that means either in terms of increased capital spend in social and affordable housing or in policy change.
“Actions speak louder than words in relation to Fianna Fail’s rhetoric on housing. They claim they want a taskforce on child homelessness, yet have supported the Government in blocking measures that would have reduced the flow of families into homelessness.
“In 2016, they blocked the passage of the Focus Ireland amendment which would have kept more families in their homes as it would have prevented buy to let landlords who benefitted from tax breaks from seeking vacant possession when selling the home.
“Again, if they really cared about the housing crisis, they could have supported the Right to Housing Bill which would have enshrined the right to housing in the Constitution.
“Fianna Fáil is trying to have its cake and eat it, supporting Fine Gael housing policies from the opposition benches.
“Fianna Fáil is as complicit in this housing crisis as Fine Gael. They have the power to demand more from Minister Murphy but they are choosing not to.
“It is time for Micheál Martin and Darragh O’Brien to stop speaking out of both sides of their mouths. They need to tell the public how much they want the Government to spend on housing in Budget 2019 and on what
“Fine Gael has already committed to spending €1.3 billion on housing in 2019. Is Fianna Fáil looking for more than this and, if so, by how much?
“Darragh O’Brien has called for an additional €100 million to be invested in affordable housing. Is this within, or additional to, the Governments proposed €1.3bn commitment for 2019?
“How many units does Darragh O’Brien believe this money will deliver and through what mechanism?
“Is this the height of Fianna Fáil’s ambitions for Budget 2019? If so, this does not constitute a Housing Budget and, as a consequence, the Fine Gael Fianna Fáil housing crisis will continue to deepen.”