Out of touch Taoiseach refuses to intervene on sky-high rents – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has branded the Taoiseach as “out of touch” and has hit out at his failure to intervene on the issue of sky high rents.
Ms McDonald was responding to a report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and called for “bold and meaningful action to rein in corporate interests in the private rental market”.
Speaking following Leaders' Questions in the Dáil the Sinn Féin President said:
“The UN report is a damning indictment of the government’s record on housing. The Taoiseach’s refusal to take action shows how out of touch he is about the realities facing ordinary working people and families who are crippled by sky-high rents.
“People in the private rental sector are being hit, time and again, with rent increases which continue to spiral.
“The government’s plan is not working.
“It is failing spectacularly and the housing system in this state is broken.
“The government is allowing corporate interests to trump the needs of ordinary people.
“They could introduce a three-year rent freeze and a temporary tax relief for renters with immediate effect.
“They could support legislation before the Dáil tomorrow which would stop families from being evicted into homelessness.
"They choose not to do any of these things and instead choose the side of the landlords.
“The UN report is a wake-up call. Bold and meaningful action must be taken immediately.”