McDonald - Mood for change right across the country
Sinn Féin Dublin Central candidate Mary Lou McDonald MEP speaking in the North Inner City this morning where she is canvassing with local councillor Christy Burke said ‘there is a real mood for change right across the country and this is reflected in the opinion polls. People want a debate about the future of the country, what type of society we want to build for our children and how the crisis in our public services is going to be dealt.”
Ms. McDonald said:
“It is hardly a surprise that very little property is selling at this moment given the stated positions of Fine Gael and the Labour Party on stamp duty and the confusion in relation to the Fianna Fáil position. First time buyers and people moving on the property ladder are afraid to take any decision in advance of the election.
“I firmly believe that changing stamp duty will not help principle home owners, the only people who will profit from such a decision are property developers who control the housing market at this time. Figures released during the week showed that of almost 100,000 homes built last year, only 2,700 were ‘social and affordable’. And neither Fine Gael, Labour or Fianna Fáil have put forward any proposals to address this problem.
“What is required is government intervention. The government needs to fund local authorities to build social housing, they need to implement Part V of the planning act as it was originally intended – building affordable housing in all developments. They need to assist first time buyers directly by increasing mortgage interest relief rather than through policies which might be well intentioned but are based on hoping that property developers won’t take advantage of the situation and increase house prices.
“There is a real mood for change in constituencies across the country and this is reflected in the opinion polls. People want a debate about the future of the country, what type of society we want to build for our children and how the crisis in our public services is going to be dealt. Sinn Féin wants to build an Ireland of equals and we believe that there is growing support for the policies which we are putting forward and for Sinn Féin to be in government, north and south.” ENDS