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O'Brien's Bill does nothing for renters - except show them he's on landlords' side

Larissa Nolan


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‘Bunkum bill’: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien at a Dáil sitting in the Convention Centre, Dublin, last month.
PHOTO: FRANK MCGRATH

‘Bunkum bill’: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien at a Dáil sitting in the Convention Centre, Dublin, last month. PHOTO: FRANK MCGRATH

‘Bunkum bill’: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien at a Dáil sitting in the Convention Centre, Dublin, last month. PHOTO: FRANK MCGRATH

Remember the housing crisis? You know - the biggest social and economic issue in Ireland, affecting almost everyone in some way, that sparked a voters' revolt?

The pandemic forced a pause on it, with a rent freeze and a ban on evictions: the root causes of housing emergencies.

It didn't change anything for anyone trapped in a rental property and handing half their earnings over to the landlord. But it stopped it getting worse. Ironically, coronavirus allowed renters to breathe. Covid did what the Government refused to do: give tenants a break.