Sinn Féin commends activist’s highlighting housing crisis with occupation on Dublin's North Frederick St
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commended activists for highlighting the housing and homeless crisis by occupying 34 North Frederick St in Dublin City.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“No should have to occupy buildings to highlight the fact that the government is failing abysmally to bring enough vacant homes back into use.
“I would like to commend to work of these activists as they take action to illustrate how decisive action must be taken to tackle the housing crisis.
“For a long time now it has been said that returning vacant units back into use would be faster way of providing some desperately needed homes.
“Many local authorities have made some progress on returning houses back into use. Unfortunately lack of funding, staffing and meaningful targets from central government means that across the country thousands of properties lie vacant.
“The government’s long awaited vacant homes strategy was published earlier this summer. It contained no targets and no timelines and there was no commitment to introduce a vacant homes tax. Crucially it contained no extra funding.
“The government should use Budget 2019 to introduce a range of measures to address the vacant home crisis including a vacant homes tax, increased use of CPOs by Councils and increased funds for the Buy and Renew Scheme."