Tánaiste Joan Burton has hit out at “excessively greedy” landlords who she says are consistently looking to increase rent prices.
Ms Burton also claimed that tenants have been asked to leave properties by landlords whose children are returning from abroad.
The Labour Party leader was responding to accusations by Fianna Fáil that the Government to failing to address the housing crisis.
Ms Burton said 65,000 people have been provided with good housing through the rent supplement scheme.
And she rounded on some landlords who she says are consistently looking for more money from tenants.
“They are excessively greedy and they are looking for more and more money every couple of months to a scale that is not justified on economic ground,” Ms Burton said during ‘Leaders’ Questions’.
But the Dáil debate turned angry after a Sinn Féin deputy accused Ms Burton of speaking “waffle”
Ms Burton hit back and said Sinn Féin is guilty of “cynicism”.
Fianna Fail finance spokesperson Michael McGrath said people are being driven into homelessness and deserve to hear solutions.
He said in his own constituency of Cork South Central, the community welfare officer is failing to assist families because of the caps on rent supplement.