Cavan-Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Pauline Tully has urged TDs in Cavan-Monaghan to back her party’s call for the government to immediately introduce an emergency three-year ban on rent increases for existing and new tenancies.
Speaking ahead of his party’s Dáil motion on the issue, brought forward by Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, Deputy Tully said that renters in Cavan and Monaghan need immediate support.
She added that the government must also put a full month’s rent back in every private renter’s pocket and increase supply of affordable properties to rent and buy.
Teachta Tully said:
“Families, workers and young people deserve and need secure and affordable housing, and affordable rents.
“Yet last week’s report from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) told us what we all knew – that there has been a shocking increase in rents across both Cavan and Monaghan under the watch of this Government.
“Sinn Féin’s proposal to cut rents and freeze them would have prevented these increases.
“Instead, Government inaction saw a year-on-year increase in average rents prices of 8.8% in Monaghan and 13.5% in Cavan.
“Fine Gael have been in Government for 12 years, and Fianna Fáil have been propping them up for seven years. But what these figures further underline is that neither party cares about renters.
“The housing crisis continues to go from bad to worse under their watch, rents are at an all-time high and rising, and the Government has missed the social and affordable housing targets three years in a row.
“They tell us they are making an impact on housing. Unfortunately, that impact is just putting affordable housing and affordable rents further out of reach for people.
“Is it any wonder that so many of our young people who cannot afford this level of rent are emigrating?
“This week, TDs in Cavan-Monaghan have the opportunity to show they are on the side of struggling renters by supporting Sinn Féin’s motion.
“Our motion, brought forward by Eoin Ó Broin, is calling on the Government to immediately introduce an emergency three-year ban on rent increases for existing and new tenancies.
“We are also telling them to put a full month’s rent back in every private renter’s pocket and to increase supply of affordable properties to rent and buy.
“These are immediate steps that they can take, but only a change of government, a change of housing policy and Eoin Ó Broin as Housing Minister will allow us to start cleaning up the mess of decades of bad Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael housing policy.”