Taoiseach can’t blame housing crisis on public sector

Senator Rebecca Moynihan
25 January 2024
  • 13 Years in Government, Yet No Solutions
  • Damp, Mould, and Health Crisis Unaddressed

Labour’s Senator Rebecca Moynihan was today responding to the Taoiseach’s blaming of public sector delays for the sluggish progress on housing, including the Oliver Bond complex.

Senator Moynihan said:

“It’s disheartening to hear the Taoiseach’s old Fine Gael mindset persisting, favouring the private sector. For over a decade, he’s been part of Government that failed to question and failed to demand efficiency from the Department of Housing. Why hasn’t he insisted on more agility from the Department of Housing?

“Last Tuesday, we received the incredibly troubling news that Oliver Bond tenants have been pleading for years to address damp, mould, and condensation issues in their homes. Medical evidence now confirms that these substandard living conditions contribute to severe health issues, worsening outcomes for residents compared to the rest of Dublin 8. The government’s inaction has dire consequences for this community.

“Government’s neglect of these families, living in appalling conditions, is inexcusable. It’s time for a transformative approach, and Labour is committed to making that change.

“Fine Gael’s lack of commitment to state-built social housing is perpetuating the housing crisis. We in Labour have been calling for a State-led approach to building affordable homes, tackling the rent crisis, and addressing homelessness head-on.”

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