Tuesday 27 September 2016

Alan Kelly rejects suggestions that ‘rent certainty’ plan will fail due to growing Fine Gael opposition

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 21/10/2015 | 13:58

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kell
Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kell

ENVIRONMENT Minister Alan Kelly has rejected suggestions that his efforts to introduce ‘rent certainty’ will fail because of growing opposition within Fine Gael.

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Mr Kelly today said rent is the biggest single issue in terms of preventing homelessness and that he expects a plan to be agreed in the coming weeks.

Asked repeatedly about the clear opposition within to his proposal to link rent to inflation, Mr Kelly refused to accept that his plan will fail to formalise.

“Something will have to be done in relation to rent and I’m quite confident it will happen,” Mr Kelly said.

“There are a lot of discussions in relation to rent certainty… there are measures in relation to rent regulation in a total way that have to be dealt with and there are measures in relation to other issues as regards how landlords are behaving, that I believe from a regulatory point of view, we as a government have to deal with,” he added.

Mr Kelly made the remarks after announcing a €40m investment in modular homes. He wants to begin delivering 500 units most of which are in Dublin, by Christmas of this year.

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