Friday 23 August 2019

Donohoe vetoed rent subsidy proposal

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Proposals to introduce a new State subsidy for families struggling to pay their rent were vetoed by Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Mr Donohoe strongly fought against the idea, which was tabled during discussions on Housing Minister Simon Coveney's rental strategy.

"What was being considered at a point was the development of a whole new payments system, and I was against that happening outside the budgetary cycle," Mr Donohoe said.

"I believe if we're making decisions regarding supports that are available to people, they all have to be part of how we plan all of the finances for the country.

"That has to happen as part of the normal budgetary process."

Meanwhile, Mr Coveney's rent cap plan has passed through the Seanad and will be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

Irish Independent

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