Taoiseach must take action on housing crisis – McDonald

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD, speaking this morning in the Taoiseach’s constituency of Dublin West, has said the Taoiseach must take action on the housing crisis.

Teachta McDonald has a number of engagements with Sinn Féin’s Dublin West Candidate Cllr Paul Donnelly today.

Speaking outside the Crown Plaza at the Blanchardstown Centre this morning, Teachta McDonald said;

“We are here in the Taoiseach’s Constituency and, like all other areas, there are working families worried about making ends meet. People are worried about things such as the cost of a child taking sick, about keeping a roof over their heads

“In his constituency, nearly 500 people are on the homeless list, and there are 87 families in Dublin 15 who are waiting to be evicted after receiving notices to quit.

“And, shockingly, 364 older citizens, over 60 years of age, are awaiting social housing in Dublin 15.

“The housing crisis is deepening under the watch of Taoiseach Varadkar.  He needs to act.

“He must introduce the Focus Ireland amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act to prevent buy-to-let landlords for seeking vacant possession notices to quit when they are selling.

“The Taoiseach must place a formal obligation on Local Councils to assist people 60 days before they become homeless.

“He must increase the purchase of vacant homes.  He must increase the targets for social housing and cut the delivery time in half.

“Without real policy change, more and more people will become homeless.

“This issue can be resolved. The housing crisis can be ended.

“The Taoiseach needs to hold the Housing Minister Eoin Murphy to account for his failure end the crisis.

“If the homeless numbers continue to rise in the coming months, we may be faced with no alternative than to table a motion of no confidence in the Minister.

“He is currently on borrowed time.”