True cost of €4bn bill for landlords
Sir - I want to respond to Philip Ryan's article on government spending on housing supplements (Sunday Independent, June 3).
It is heartening to see Fianna Fail's housing spokesman Darragh O'Brien starting to act as an opposition spokesman should. His unearthing of the Government's reliance on private landlords for a temporary solution to the housing and homelessness crises is important. The figures need to be presented as 'Three Billboards Outside the Dail' on a daily basis.
This redirection of €4bn of public funds does represent an ideological shift. It levers the resources of the State in the direction of the private sector. This is not for a long-term public solution but for a short-term private solution that ensures the problem continues.