Government has no projections on the impact of lifting the eviction ban
Under questioning from Labour TD Duncan Smith in the Dáil today, the Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien did not have any projections as to the impact that ending the eviction ban would have on homeless figures.
Deputy Smith said:
“Under questioning from me in the Dáil today, the Minister confirmed that Government has no modelling on the effect of lifting the eviction ban on homelessness. This is crazy. Never have I been so sure that a policy will fail people.
“The Government must immediately announce an extension to the eviction ban and row back on the wrong decision to put thousands of renters at risk of homelessness.
“Crisis times demand crisis measures. Government cannot lift the eviction moratorium without a plan in place.
“In response to a PQ from Deputy Ivana Bacik, the Government confirmed that the only criteria for determining the lifting of the eviction ban is the weather. This is outrageous.
“Renters don’t fear rain, they fear having the roof taken from over their head.
“The eviction ban must be extended. There is no plan in place for it’s lifting and with homelessness figures exceeding 11,600, emergency accommodation facilities are more than at capacity.”