HAP ten­ants dis­crim­i­na­tion

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE Coun­cil is call­ing on the Hous­ing Min­is­ter Eoghan Mur­phy to get a pub­lic in­quiry into why land­lords and es­tate agents are re­fus­ing HAP.

PBP Al­liance Cllr Gino O’Boyle’s mo­tion was unan­i­mously sup­ported. “We need Coun­cil houses and we need them fast, not built by pri­vate de­vel­op­ers,” he said.

FF Cllr Tom MacSharry agreed peo­ple were be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause they were on HAP ren­tal sup­port.

He also said there was “no sus­tain­able strat­egy for hous­ing here.”

Ind. Cllr Michael Clarke said Cllr MacSharry had “hit the nail on the head - there’s no hous­ing here at all, whether pub­lic or pri­vate.”

He said ten­ants on HAP were com­pet­ing with pri­vate ten­ants: “We need to de-zone land and give it to builders.”

SF Cllr Chris MacManus said the in­creased pres­sure on the ren­tal mar­ket was “manna from Heaven” for land­lords.

He said he met a se­nior cit­i­zen whose rent was in­creased by 30 per cent.

“HAP is not a so­lu­tion, we need to build so­cial hous­ing,” he said.

FF Cllr Seamus Kil­gan­non said the prob­lem wouldn’t be solved a year from now be­cause of the lack of de­vel­op­ment.

FG Cllr Hu­bert Keaney said: “If we’re not able to pro­vide our young peo­ple with the means to af­ford a roof over their heads then we have failed.”

He said it was “shock­ing” vul­ture funds were putting peo­ple on the streets just be­cause they wanted to make more money.

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