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Sinn Féin's rent solutions would give workers and families a break - Mary Lou McDonald TD

28 September, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said that proposals for a three year rent freeze and tax relief for renters “would give workers and families a break”.

Speaking in Dublin today, Ms McDonald said:

“In Sinn Féin’s alternative budget, which will be published next week, we will show how with the right solutions in place. It is possible to give workers and families a break.

“Rent is one of the key causes of stress and insecurity among families and working people with the average rent continuing to spiral. Despite these out of control costs the government has failed to take any real action. They have made a political choice to prioritise landlords over tenants.

“There are solutions to the rental crisis. We have shown them time and again. Our alternative budget will set aside €279 million for a refundable tax credit, given to all renters which would be equal to one month’s rent. Our emergency rent freeze would be imposed on all existing and new tenancies for three years.

“These are the type of bold and decisive solutions needed to make a real difference.

“It’s time for the government to accept that their approach to tackling crisis rents has categorically failed. It is time for fresh thinking and real action. This crisis cannot be allowed to continue. Sinn Féin has the solutions, it is time for Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin to start listening.”

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