ENVIRONMENT Minister Alan Kelly has today vowed to tackle the "absolutely scandalous" rent hikes by landlords.
In his strongest comments on the rental market to date, the Labour Party politician said legislation aimed at introducing "rent certainty" is near completion.
Mr Kelly said he will put an end to the practice of consistently increasing rent prices which he says is causing great difficulty for tenants.
The Tipperary TD told the Labour conference in Killarney that his intervention will involve legislation and a number of regulations.
"We have a situation, in some cases, landlords feel they can get away with increases in rent that are absolutely scandalous and we need to bring an end to that," Mr Kelly said.
"We need to bring about certainty through various different regulations and legislation - if necessary.
"I'm committing here, that I am intent on entering the market to change this," he added.
"It has to be done and the methodologies of how we are going to do it are going to be brought before Government. And, I say here, we will do everything we can to bring about rent certainty while supply is going to be built up in the future," Mr Kelly added.
Labour delegates are today attending the second day of their party's national conference in Killarney.
There is a significant garda and security presence as hundreds of anti-water protest outside.
Later today, SIPTU President Jack O'Connor will criticise the jailing of the five demonstrators this month.
In some ways, this is a tale of three leaders in one year. There is the dignified silent one, Eamon Gilmore, unceremoniously ousted last summer despite being their most successful leader ever. There is the voluble current leader Joan Burton, who did the ousting. And there is her extremely ambitious deputy, Alan Kelly, curiously already being talked of as the next leader of the Labour Party.