Bill to Ban Co-living would give power back to Local Authorities – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Dublin Denise Mitchell TD has said that a Bill published today by her Dáil colleague Eoin Ó Broin TD would ban co-living and return powers to Local Authorities that were stripped away when Alan Kelly was Minister for Housing.
The Dublin Bay North TD said:
“Co-living is not and never will be the answer to the housing crisis that Fine Gael has let grow and worsen under their so-called leadership.
“Co-living is not exciting or glamourous or whatever other buzzwords that Minister Eoghan Murphy comes out with. We are constructing modern day tenements for our young people to pay exorbitant rents for the privilege of sleeping in a shoebox and sharing a kitchen with a dozen strangers.
“Then-Minister Alan Kelly stripped out the bar on shoebox apartments, riding roughshod over the democratically expressed limitations imposed by Councils.
“The Planning and Development (Excessive Ministerial Power Repeal) Bill 2019 that Eoin Ó Broin TD has published today repeals this controversial Ministerial power and the subsequent guidelines. This will allow individual Local Authorities to determine the most appropriate planning frameworks for their county development plans.
“What the Government should do is take immediate action to build social and affordable housing, tackle spiralling rents including a rent freeze, and introduce tax relief for renters.”