Sinn Féin urges government and Fianna Fáil to support legislation to protect renters – Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader in the Dáil Pearse Doherty TD has called on the government and Fianna Fáil to support his colleague Eoin Ó Broin’s ‘Focus Ireland Amendment’ legislation this evening.
The legislation seeks to prevent buy-to-let landlords from booting out tenants from their homes and into homelessness.
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, Teachta Doherty said:
“We need real rent certainty for tenants. The single biggest cause of homelessness is landlords selling properties and seeking vacant possession.
“There is legislation being brought before the Dáil tonight by Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD, which includes the ‘Focus Ireland Amendment’.
“The legislation aims to prevent buy-to-let landlords from booting out tenants from their homes and into homelessness.
“I am urging the government and their partners in Fianna Fáil to support this legislation and take a stand for what’s right.
“There are currently 10,264 people currently homeless in this State according to the Department of Housing, including almost four thousand children.
“The Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has described the figures as ‘hugely disappointing’ but they are a lot more than that. They are an absolute and utter disgrace and a national scandal.
“The reality is that Fine Gael’s housing plan is not working. It might be working for landlords, for vulture funds and for property speculators, but not for ordinary people.
“The government is failing those who are homeless, those who are renting and those who aspire to own their own home.”