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Louise O’Reilly calls on Fingal TDs to support Murphy no-confidence Motion

24 September, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O’Reilly has called on opposition TDs in Fingal, irrespective of their party allegiance, to support the motion of no-confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy next week.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The government’s housing policy, supported by Fianna Fáil, is failing the tens of thousands of households on the housing waiting list, the almost ten thousand men, women and children who are homeless, thousands of students and their parents, the many more who are paying exorbitant rents, and those who want to buy their own home.

“Minister Murphy is out of touch with the needs of households who need a safe and secure roof over the heads.

“On average 54 people are presenting as homeless every month in Fingal.

“Added to this, there are thousands of people on the social house waiting lists in Fingal and this shows no sign of receding as the number of new social house builds in Fingal cannot keep pace with the number of people presenting as homeless in Fingal.

“The average rent in Fingal is now €1,615 per month, a near €600 increase in five years and the average cost of a house has increased by over €100, 000 to €341,435 in the same period.

“These increases are crippling ordinary people and in particular young people, they can’t get stable rent at affordable prices with security of tenure, and they also face the vista of never being able to own a home.

“This is an outrageous situation, and Minister Eoghan Murphy has stood over it and done nothing.

“Consequently, Sinn Féin will be tabling a motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy in the next few weeks. We are seeking support from across the political spectrum. 

“I am calling on all local opposition TDs to place the housing needs of citizens first and to join with Sinn Féin in demanding that Minister Murphy goes and the government adopt effective and urgent policies to end the housing crisis. 

“My appeal is especially directed at Fianna Fáil housing spokesperson Deputy Darragh O’Brien whose party’s support for the Fine Gael government is keeping them in power. 

“Fianna Fáil is complicit in this housing crisis if they do not. Take action. Fianna Fáil TDs have the power to demand that the government change its disastrous housing policy but thus far they have refused. 

“The Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in the Minister presents Teachta O’Brien and others with an opportunity to put the people first.”

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