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Senator Paul Gavan condemns Willie O’Dea 'doublespeak' on Social Housing

21 September, 2018 - by Paul Gavan

Limerick Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has condemned Fianna Fáil's  Willie O’Dea TD for his opposition to new public housing at Clonmacken, describing his action as “a prime example of Fianna Fáil doublespeak”. 

Speaking today, the Senator Gavan responded:

"Not for the first time, Fianna Fáil Deputy Willie O’Dea has publicly opposed attempts in Limerick to build public housing. There are 10,000 people homeless across this state, including 4,000 children.

"Every week we see more people being made homeless in our city. The crisis is unprecedented yet Fianna Fáil representatives in Limerick consistently oppose new housing. 

"How can Deputy O’Dea justify such a position? 

“Last week Mr O’Dea took to local radio to condemn the councils plan to build 43 social houses near the North Circular Road and subsequently all six Fianna Fáil councillors voted to block the development. That is a disgrace. 

“There is a housing emergency across this state. Fianna Fáil are shouting in the Dáil lambasting Fine Gael regarding their failure to build social housing, and we then have Fianna Fáil’s O’Dea opposing social housing in his own back yard. This is the typical hypocrisy and doublespeak of Fianna Fáil.

“What exactly is Willie O’Dea’s problem with Social Housing? Is it an ideological problem? Is it a class issue? Or is it just another example of Fianna Fáil saying one thing nationally and doing another thing locally."

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