Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris joined Ireland South MEP Liadh Ní Riada and Cllr. Pa Daly in Tralee Town Centre this lunchtime to launch Sinn Féin’s Housing and Rental Crisis Campaign in Kerry.
“Every week for several years now my offices and the offices of other elected representatives are inundated by constituents who are having great difficulty in finding suitable accommodation in which to live,” said Deputy Ferris at the launch.
“While there has been lots of talk on the delivery of social and affordable homes, the facts are that the delivery of these has been minuscule if not downright invisible.
10,000 Social Houses
“Our party, in government, would build at least 10,000 social houses per year to try and relieve the huge housing waiting lists in all counties.
“We believe there is the need to double the number of affordable rental and purchase properties.
“On top of that we would implement an immediate rent freeze and refundable rent relief for all renters which would give one month’s rent back to tenants each year.
“Landlords who benefited from tax breaks should not be allowed to issue vacant possession notices which is a leading cause of family homelessness.
“Enough is enough, people should not be viewed just as statistics and must be treated with dignity and respect and have an opportunity to have long-term tenure of a proper home,” he concluded.
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