Minister Eoghan Murphy 'living in cloud cuckoo land' – Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy of ‘living in cloud cuckoo land’.
The comments were made in response to Minister Murphy’s claim that “rents are rising at a rate we haven’t seen since 2013 - a very slow rate”.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The latest Daft.ie rent report shows rents for new tenancies are accelerating at an alarming rate. The year-on-year increases are overwhelming thousands of renters.
“Ten counties had double digit rent increases. Waterford had a rise of 16% while Galway had an increase of almost 17%.
“All Counties, excluding Dublin, had rent inflation at least double the Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) 4% cap, while in Dublin rents rose by 7% and are now between €1700 and €2200 - depending on the location.
“For the Minister to focus on the quarterly rise rather than the annual one is either a sign of stupidity or dishonesty. If he really believes what he said, then he is living in cloud cuckoo land.
“His rental strategy is failing. His RPZ’s are failing. And the legislation currently going through the Dáil will do nothing for those renters who today are facing bills of between €1300 and €2200 for new rentals.
“The time for mealy-mouthed measures are over. We need a rent freeze and a refundable tax credit for renters worth a month’s rent.
“We also need a major programme of public investment in affordable cost rental accommodation to provide renters with accommodation that they actually afford.”