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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael block move to support families at risk of eviction – Ó Broin

4 April, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for failing to back his Bill which would have made it illegal to evict families in buy-to-let properties on the grounds that the property is to be sold.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael government partnership continue to block additional measures that would have offered support to struggling renters.

“At least they have been consistent on this issue; they blocked the measure in 2016 and voted against it today. 

“Today, the single biggest cause of family homelessness is landlords legally evicting their tenants when selling their properties.

“Without offering up any other solutions, Fianna Fáil do what they always do and support the Fine Gael-led government in opposing our Bill.

“This is the second time Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have blocked the amendment originally drafted by Focus Ireland in 2016.

“Fianna Fáil cannot cry crocodile tears when the homeless figures keep rising and another family has to spend the night in a Garda Station when they have offered up no solutions to the rental crisis.” 

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