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‘We know rents are too high’ – Minister responds to rental crisis in Wexford

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Minister Peter Burke takes a spin on a roundabout at Gorey Town Park with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Pip Breen, Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District and Paul Kehoe TD. Photo: Mary Browne

Minister Peter Burke takes a spin on a roundabout at Gorey Town Park with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Pip Breen, Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District and Paul Kehoe TD. Photo: Mary Browne

Minister Peter Burke receives a presentation from Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, during his visit to Wexford County Council. Photo: Mary Browne

Minister Peter Burke receives a presentation from Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, during his visit to Wexford County Council. Photo: Mary Browne

Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, taking a photograph of Minister Peter Burke with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, and Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, at Enniscorthy Technology Park. Photo: Mary Browne

Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, taking a photograph of Minister Peter Burke with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, and Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, at Enniscorthy Technology Park. Photo: Mary Browne

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Minister Peter Burke takes a spin on a roundabout at Gorey Town Park with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Pip Breen, Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District and Paul Kehoe TD. Photo: Mary Browne

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HAVING enjoyed a briefing with officials from Wexford County Council, Minister of State for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke seemed in optimistic form. Working in one of the most under pressure government departments – Housing – the Fine Gael man seemed to feel that Wexford was firmly moving in the right direction in terms of the challenges posed in housing provision.

This is very much dependant on what numbers you want to look at, however. In recent weeks, we’ve highlighted the extent of the rental crisis in Co Wexford. With a major shortage of rental properties and rents spiralling as a result, things have very much reached crisis point. Local property management firms have stated that any rental property in the Wexford town area is usually gone within 15 minutes of being listed and they receive hundreds of queries within the first hour of any new property being listed online. Currently, you could spend up to €1,100 per month on a two bed apartment in Wexford town.


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