Sinn Féin supports cross party motion on housing - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin’s Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has today said that his party supports the cross party motion on housing that will be debated during Private Members Business in the Dáil on October 3rd at 12.30pm.
The debate will coincide with the ICTU led 'Raise the Roof: Homes for All' rally" which will take place outside the Dáil on October 3rd at 12.30pm.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Today we launched a cross party Dáil motion on the housing and homelessness crisis signed by Sinn Féin, Labour, People Before Profit, Solidarity, The Social Democrats, The Green Party, Independents for Change and Independent members of the Oireachtas.
“The Dáil debate will take place after the rally outside Leinster House which has been called by ICTU and is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the National Housing & Homeless Coalition and Fr Peter Mc Verry.
“It is also supported by Focus Ireland, Simon Communities of Ireland and a range of other advocacy and campaign groups.
“The PMB makes four specific demands.
“It calls on the government to immediately declare the housing and homeless crisis an emergency.
“It also calls on the government to dramatically increase the supply of social and affordable housing by increasing capital spending on housing to €2.3bn in budget 2019.
“It also calls for emergency legislation to be introduced to reduce the flow of adults and children into homelessness by making it illegal for landlords, banks and investment funds to evict tenants and homeowners in mortgage distress into homelessness.
“It also calls on the government to provide real security of tenure and to introduce measures to reduce the coast of rent.
“The government must also commit to holding a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the Constitution.
“I am calling on all opposition TDs including Fianna Fáil, who want budget 2019 to be a housing Budget. Failure to do so shows that such calls from the party are insincere.”
Note to editor:
Please see text of motion below
Cross Party Housing Private Members Motion – Final (19.9.18)
This Dáil notes that:
• Access to secure and genuinely affordable housing is increasingly out of reach for many people
• From the locked out generation of students and young workers or unemployed people to older workers facing into retirement, high cost insecure accommodation is a reality for too many people
• The failure of government to provide an adequate supply of good quality public housing in sustainable communities lies at the heart of the housing crisis
• The most graphic symptom of this crisis is the growing number of children living in emergency accommodation
• A new approach to housing is required to meet the housing needs of all those locked out of the private market including young people, those on modest incomes, those on low pensions, those on Council waiting lists, travellers, people with disabilities, older people and students
• Important proposals to address the Housing Crisis have been put forward by a wide variety of groups including the National Housing and Homeless Coalition and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
This Dáil calls on Government to:
• Declare the housing and homeless crisis an emergency
• Dramatically increase the supply of social and affordable (including cost rental) housing by increasing capital spending on housing to €2.3bn in budget 2019; increase Part V requirements to 20% in standard developments & 30% in Strategic Development Zones; prioritise the delivery of public housing on public land; and aggressively target the return of vacant houses to active use
• Reduce the flow of adults and children into homelessness with emergency legislation to make it illegal for landlords, banks and investment funds to evict tenants and homeowners in mortgage distress into homelessness; provide real security of tenure and real rent certainty by linking rent reviews to an index such as the CPI and introducing measures to reduced the cost of rent; introduce a target for ending long term homelessness and the need to sleep rough
• Hold a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the Constitution