Rack-rent­ing and slums are back Daly tells Dáil

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By KEN PHE­LAN

SPEAK­ING at the re­cent Dail de­bate on the hous­ing cri­sis, Fin­gal TD Clare Daly of In­de­pen­dents for Change, lam­basted Gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to ad­dress the hous­ing cri­sis, while ‘17,000 ha of res­i­den­tial land’ was avail­able in Fin­gal, she claimed.

The Deputy was re­spond­ing to a mo­tion put for­ward by Peo­ple Be­fore Profit/sol­i­dar­ity, call­ing for the hous­ing cri­sis to be de­clared an emer­gency, and leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced to make it il­le­gal for ten­ants and home­own­ers to be evicted.

Ad­dress­ing the Dáil, she said: ‘In my area of Fin­gal alone, there are more than 17,000 ha of res­i­den­tial land avail­able that could po­ten­tially build just short of 50,000 res­i­den­tial units.

‘The Min­is­ter’s Gov­ern­ment has the ab­so­lute neck to crit­i­cise the work of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and to try to spread a lie that the mar­ket will de­liver, that they just need time.’

She said: ‘Fine Gael has had time.

‘It had seven years, along with its friends in the Labour Party who pur­sued the same poli­cies when they were in Gov­ern­ment, and it has not de­liv­ered be­cause it has failed to ad­dress pub­lic hous­ing and should not rely on the mar­ket to build.’

Deputy Daly spoke of the ‘dev­as­ta­tion’ that was im­pact­ing on fam­i­lies due to the cri­sis, and of Ire­land hav­ing the high­est rents in Europe, which were ‘twice the cost of rent in Ber­lin.’

De­spite this, she said, the Gov­ern­ment was still talk­ing about at­tract­ing peo­ple into jobs in the State.

Claim­ing the days of the ‘rack-rent­ing, slum-own­ing land­lords’ were back, she added: ‘Ten­e­ments are back in this town, and they are defin­ing a gen­er­a­tion.

‘The so­lu­tion years ago was to clear them out, to get rid of the pri­vate rack-rent­ing slump-own­ing land­lord and build pub­lic hous­ing. That, too, is the mes­sage of to­day.’

Re­fer­ring to the ‘Raise the Roof ’ protest out­side Le­in­ster House on the day, she said: ‘That’s what peo­ple were ask­ing for to­day.

‘It is not about so­cial hous­ing for peo­ple who do not have money. Every­body needs to live in a de­cent house with a roof over their head that does not soak up 50% to 60% of their in­come.’

The ‘Raise the Roof ’ protest saw thou­sands of peo­ple from across the coun­try gather to protest at Le­in­ster House.

Deputy Clare Daly TD

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