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Fianna Fáil vote down measures to provide affordable housing – Ó Broin

1 February, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised Fianna Fáil for supporting the government and opposing measures that would have delivered nearly 15,000 genuinely affordable homes over two years.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today, Fianna Fáil yet again demonstrated that they cannot be trusted to provide housing solutions for the thousands of people caught in the housing affordability trap.

“The party quite simply has no solutions and choose to vote down Sinn Féin’s solutions instead of working with us towards the same aim.

“Fianna Fáil has claimed that it wants to see affordable housing delivered, yet when the opportunity comes to put pressure on the government to provide better, more sustainable housing solutions, they baulk.

“They voted against committing to the immediate introduction of ambitious, affordable rental and purchase housing schemes led by Local Authorities, and where appropriate, Approved Housing Bodies and Housing Co-operatives.

“They voted against committing to appropriate public funding to deliver 550 affordable homes in the Poolbeg Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and 2,109 affordable homes in the Clonburris SDZ.

“They voted against amending Part V of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, to provide for 10% affordable housing in addition to the existing 10% social housing requirement.

“For the sixth time in the face of rising rents, Fianna Fáil has voted against the introduction of real rent certainty by amending the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to link rent reviews to an index such as the Consumer Price Index.” 

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