A local TD has voiced his frustration over Government's decision to not extend the eviction ban. According to Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy, this week’s vote was the “final insult” by what he described as parties who caused the housing crisis to a generation that’s been blocked out of home ownership.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Deputy Carthy said that those who rejected Sinn Fein’s motion including Government TDs from the Cavan/Monaghan region have made families and individuals in their constituencies homeless - knowing that there is no place for many of those people to go.
Despite this, he believes there is still time to rectify the situation and has called on local TDs to “do the right thing.” He continued; “Sinn Fein has now brought forward a motion of appeal to give breathing space for the Government to finally do the right thing.
“The truth is in eight days time when a family receives an eviction notice, if they go to a Fine Fail or Fine Gael representative in Cavan/Monaghan and asks where will we go? Those parties won’t have the answer for them in many instances.
“The dire situation that those families will be in, will be down solely to those representatives because they’ve had the opportunity this week to stop the eviction ban from being lifted and to put aside any doubt they will have another opportunity this coming week.
“Therefore, my appeal now again is for Minister Heather Humphreys, Deputy Brendan Smith and Deputy Niamh Smyth to do the right thing this coming week and support Sinn Fein’s legislation.”