Rack-renting and slums are back Daly tells Dáil
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