Martin Kenny watching to see which Sligo-Leitrim TD's have the courage to vote no confidence in Minister Murphy
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny has said that there is a housing crisis in rural areas as well as in our cities and it stems from a housing policy that "favours the few and makes the many suffer for the sake of profit".
Deputy Kenny was speaking on his way to the Dáil chamber where his party is this evening tabling a motion of no confidence in housing minister, Eoghan Murphy TD.
“Whether it is a young student and their parents looking for somewhere to live near their college, a young couple trying to rent a home for themselves, renters whose landlord is selling, people who have got into arrears with their mortgage, or householders whose mortgages have been sold to vulture funds, the crisis in housing touches all sectors.
“The government’s housing policy 'Rebuilding Ireland' is not working. Over 10,000 people are in emergency accommodation and there are nearly 146,000 in need of real social housing while the government refuses to take on the urgent task of building social houses and has delivered no affordable housing in the past three years.
“Rents are up by 22% since 2016 and Airbnb has taken over many houses and flats which used to be available for people to rent.
“In response to our motion of no confidence, the minister and his colleagues in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to shout about a stunt and claim that Sinn Féin has no alternative, but nothing could be further from the truth with genuine alternative strategies being proposed by our housing spokesman, Eoin Ó Broin TD every day.
"These include a three year rent freeze, a strategy for use of vacant buildings, a homeless prevention bill and measures to prevent buy-to-let landlords issuing notices to quit. We also want housing recognised as a right in the constitution.
“I will be watching closely to see which TDs have the courage to vote no confidence in the housing minister. I will be watching to see if the Fianna Fáil party will stand up and defend rural Ireland or if it will continue to pretend that it is an opposition party while propping up this failed policy which has made so many suffer for the sake of profit.”