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Ó Broin identifies significant flaw in Rent legislation

15 December, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has tonight identified a significant flaw in the Planning and Development Bill that Fianna Fáil and Fine have signed up to.

Teachta Ó Broin believes that the mathematical formula being used in the Bill to determine rent increases next year would in fact allow rents to increase by 8%, and not 4%.

Speaking outside the Dáil this evening, the Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“If those of us who have to scrutinise government legislation hadn’t done our homework properly, would hard pressed renters in January have been hit with an 8% increase?

“It’s a bad way to do legislation. To launch a strategy on Tuesday, not give the opposition a real opportunity to scrutinise it and then to try and rush it through in the last sitting day of the Dáil before Christmas, is not the way to make such significant change. Who’s going to lose? Hard pressed renters.”

Teachta Ó Broin concluded:

“What we have this evening is a massive capitulation by Fianna Fáil to a badly designed Fine Gael rent plan.” 

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