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RPZ move ‘too little, too late’ for Limerick City – Quinlivan

28 March, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan today commented on the news that just a small portion of Limerick City is now to be covered by Rent Pressure Zone legislation.

Teachta Quinlivan said this is “too little, too late” as rents have already risen to unaffordable levels in the city, with Deputy Quinlivan going on to say it is bewildering as to why most of the city will not be covered as a Rent Pressure Zone.

Speaking from Leinster House this morning, Deputy Quinlivan said;

“This RPZ move by the government is too little too late for renters in Limerick City, as rents have already risen to unaffordable levels.

“According to the latest report, rents in Limerick City have risen by 92.6% since the lowest point just a few years ago, now averaging €1,171 per month, totally out of the reach of most people.

“It is also bewildering as to why the majority of the city won’t be covered by this move, with just Limerick City East announced as a Rent Pressure Zone.

“Rents are scandalously high right across Limerick City, and this news will come as a blow to many renting families in areas such as Caherdavin and Dooradoyle who are struggling with huge rent costs, and will not be covered by this move. This is a crazy decision.

“The government need to revise this decision on Limerick, and include the entire city as an RPZ.

“The Rebuilding Ireland plan has failed and Fine Gael’s belief that the market will sort the housing crisis has escalated the housing crisis.

“Just yesterday, the UN condemned the Irish government for allowing vulture funds to buy up vast amounts of properties and then rent them out at sky-high costs. This housing and homelessness crisis is completely of Fine Gael’s own making.

“The government need to wake up and take radical action to help Irish people keep a roof over their heads. The figures released yesterday showing an increase in the number of people in homelessness shows just how urgent this is.” 

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