Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has said that next week’s Motion of No Confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy affords both Deputy Donnelly & Casey an opportunity ‘to put their money where their mouth is’ on the housing crisis they are quick to criticise locally.
Brady is calling publicly on Deputies Donnelly & Casey to support the no confidence motion in the Minister for Housing next week as this government has run out of time and ideas to tackle the housing crisis.
Teachta Brady said:
“This morning’s newspapers are once again filled with horror stories of the impact of the government’s housing policy on children across the State.
“The government’s housing policy is now in is fourth year and is simply not delivering.
“The problem has gotten worse and for the many families, young people and pensioners their housing situation is grimmer than ever.
“Wicklow is no exception to this crisis. In the month of October alone, 43 families in Wicklow presented to the Council as homeless. This consisted of 100 adults, and 71 children. There are currently 4,388 people on the Council list for housing support, that’s up from 3,941 in November 2018.
“Renters in Wicklow have also seen a 11.9% increase in rents in the last year and the average price of a home in Wicklow is up 3.1% in the same time period.
“Sinn Féin will wholeheartedly support the motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing next week.
“The vote affords an opportunity to Fianna Fáil TDs to make it clear where they stand. Are they on the side of homeless children or on the side of Minister Eoghan Murphy?
“Fianna Fáil either support Eoghan Murphy and Rebuilding Ireland, or they support those who want a housing policy that meets the needs of those waiting for social and affordable homes.
“Fianna Fáil need to stop hiding behind Brexit as an excuse for doing their job and must start holding this government to account. It is time for Fianna Fáil to decide who’s side they are on, those struggling through the housing crisis or Minister Murphy?”