Fianna Fáil culpability in Homeless Crisis is there for all to see – David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD, today lambasted Fianna Fáil for its unwavering support of Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, saying that the Confidence and Supply Agreement is adding to the housing crisis every single day it continues.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“Today in the Public Accounts Committee I brought up the EU Commission’s report on the Irish state and housing, as well as new figures which show homelessness at 10,000 individuals, including 3,559 children.
“The EU strongly criticised the Government’s housing policy - pointing to rising rents, insufficient residential construction and a lack of affordable and social housing as driving increased rates of homelessness.
“These figures and the report clearly show that the targets set by Minister Murphy are wholefully inadequate.
“We have been told that part of the problem is that there is a four-stage process for housing that is too cumbersome.
“When Sinn Féin tabled its motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy, Fianna Fail said that it would not support it, saying that it would instead get changes to simplify the housing process.
“They insisted on a single-stage process – which we learned today cannot be implemented as it is outside of the Public Spending Code.
“All that Fianna Fáil have got for supporting the Minister is a damning report from the EU Report, record numbers of homelessness, and a process that cannot be implemented.
“That is the legacy of three years of supply and confidence."