Murphy likens SF to Trump
Sinn Féin has been accused of using a “Trump approach” and “exploiting the fears and anxieties” of homeless families for its own political gain.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe strongly hit out at Sinn Féin for engaging in “PR stunts” to take advantage of the housing and homeless crisis.
“I said recently that I had heard one of the most useless contributions to our housing debate from Fianna Fáil, this week I think I saw it from Sinn Féin,” said Mr Murphy.
It comes after Sinn Féin parked a mobile billboard outside Government Buildings earlier in the week to highlight what it said were Mr Murphy’s failures in the Department of Housing after one year as minister.
Hitting back, Mr Murphy said: “They say we are not building, that’s not true; they say we are not tackling vacancies, that’s not true; we are making progress, they are making posters.
“Sinn Féin is only making personal attacks,” he said.
“It’s a kind of Trump approach to doing business which I abhor.”
However, Mr Murphy admitted there is still a homelessness crisis which he is working hard to solve.
Mr Donohoe moved to praise the work done by his Cabinet colleague, claiming “there is nobody better placed in Dáil Éireann than Eoghan Murphy to respond back to the challenges and needs that exist in our housing market”.
“There is nobody more aware of the anxiety, of the fears, and at times of the great misery that people face when they can’t get a home, they can’t get a bed, or they can’t afford to buy a home than Eoghan.”
He said: “Sinn Féin are intent on exploiting the anxiety and worries of people who aren’t in homes or can’t afford homes, for political gain.”