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‘Bonkers’ co-living proposal not the solution to rental crisis – McDonald

22 May, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has hit out at the government’s support for co-living developments which have been described as 21st century bedsits.

Teachta McDonald described the proposal as “bonkers”.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Over the past number of weeks, the Minister for Housing has championed the concept of ‘co-living’ as a solution to the rental crisis. He has gone so far as to say that people ‘should be excited’ about this plan.

“One proposed development in Dún Laoghaire by Bartra Capital Property Group includes 208 studio dwellings that are around the same size as a parking space. On one floor, it is proposed that forty-two people would share one kitchen with rents in excess of €1,300 per month.

“This bonkers proposal is not the solution to the rental crisis. It amounts to modern day tenement living.

“It is the measure of a government that is so out of touch that they could for one second think that this is an acceptable way to address the rental crisis. This crisis that has been manufactured by Fine Gael and perpetuated by Fianna Fáil through confidence and supply.

“The government should abandon this insulting proposal and take immediate action to tackle spiralling rents including a rent freeze and the introduction of tax relief for renters.” 

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