Saturday 10 December 2016

Government accused of 'dithering' on introducing strategy to deal with spiralling rent

Published 09/11/2016 | 12:44

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin. Picture: Colin O'Riordan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the government of “dithering” on introducing a strategy to deal with spiralling rents.

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Mr Martin said that the latest Daft.ie report which shows rents increasing by 12pc in Dublin and other hikes around the country as an “extraordinary crisis”.

He said it's largest rent increase ever recorded and it's exacerbating homelessness and endangering inward investment by foreign companies.

Mr Martin asks Taoiseach Enda Kenny what the government intends to do about it.

Speaking during leaders’ questions in the Dáil, Mr Kenny said he accepts the situation is  "serious" but said the government has introduced measures to increase housing supply as part of an action plan announced by minister Simon Coveney.

He said that a specific strategy to tackle the private rental sector will be announced by Mr Coveney in the coming weeks.

He said this will also seek to increase supply and create a “sustainable market”.

Mr Martin accused the government of “dithering” on the issue.

Mr Kenny hit back, blaming Fianna Fáil for “ghost estates” and 100,000 people leaving the country during the economic crisis that resulted from the crash in the construction industry, that took place during Mr Martin’s last term in government.

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