Sinn Féin opposes legalised bribery by developers
Sinn Féin's Dáil Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD announced this afternoon that Sinn Féin will be publishing legislation during this Dáil session to reverse the changes to the Part V of the Planning and Development Act brought in by the government in 2002. Joined by the party's TDs and local activists at Leinster House, Deputy Ó Caoláin described Fianna Fáil as being owned 'lock, stock and barrel by the construction industry' while Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD challenged the other parties to support Sinn Féin's legislation.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said: "Over the summer there has been mounting evidence of the success developers and property speculators have had in shredding Part V of the Planning and Development Act. Developers are buying their way out of their commitments to build social and affordable housing. This is legalised bribery. As reported yesterday, they are even bullying local authorities out of providing homes for low income families.
"We should not be surprised that a party owned lock, stock and barrel by the construction industry should design legislation to benefit them over the housing needs of the people. Sinn Féin will be introducing legislation before the next election to reverse the changes introduced by Minister Cullen at the behest of developers to free them from their obligations. I am calling on all TDs to back us on this matter."
Sinn Féin's Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD added: "There are almost 44,000 families on the housing waiting list and the cost of a home anywhere in Ireland, but particularly in Dublin, is out of control. Reports over the summer indicated that key public sector workers such as nurses, firefighters and teachers are being forced out of major cities as they can't afford to buy a home.
"We get empty rhetoric from Minister Ahern about taking on property speculators while this government abdicates its responsibility to the people. Sinn Féin introduced legislation to provide for a constitutional amendment to insert a right to housing in the constitution, but was opposed by Fianna Fáil, the PDs and their ideological partners, Fine Gael. We will be giving those parties a second chance to do something about the housing crisis in this country, and I challenge them to take it."