Mur­phy likens SF to Trump

Irish Examiner - - News - Elaine Lough­lin

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.”

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