Housing crisis to worsen following further rise in rents

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Paul Donnelly has called for action on the housing crisis following the recent report confirming rent increases in Dublin.


Mr. Donnelly said “This report of a 6% increase in private rental units is nothing new to us here in our constituency office in Corduff. We are constantly getting desperate families coming in to us pleading for help after the rent was increased by their landlords. Just yesterday, I received a call from a desperate mother whose rent has gone from €940 to €1,050. She has been given an ultimatum, pay up or move out.”


“This will become the norm as the weeks and months go by because housing is getting scarcer and there is no plan or strategy by the government to tackle this ticking timebomb.  More and more people are being forced out of their homes, their communities and social supports and into sub standard houses in other counties.”


“There are 10,000 people on the social housing waiting lists, hundreds of millions of euro is being wasted on the rent allowance scheme and pumped into the pockets of private landlords. This must stop. A real strategy must be put in place to deal with it now.”


“I am calling on the Labour Party in particular to step up and defend the people they were elected to represent. There must be a coherent strategy that deals with the problem. Palming it off to the private sector is not working and is costing the taxpayers.”

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