The Government's housing policy "simply isn't working", according to Sinn Féin. The party is bringing a motion to the Dáil tonight calling for a housing emergency to be declared.
It follows reports of a government underspend of almost half a billion euro on social and affordable housing projects so far this year. Local Sinn Fein TD, Deputy Pauline Tully said the housing crisis was having a real impact on the lives of people across Cavan and Monaghan.
She added that rents in the constituency are sky high with homelessness far too common, and the Government was failing to treat the crisis with the urgency it deserved. "Rents in the constituency are sky high and homelessness is far too common.
"It is clear that there is a housing emergency in Cavan-Monaghan. Despite this, the Government is failing to treat the crisis with the urgency it deserves and, in the meantime, people in Cavan, Monaghan and Meath are forced to pay the price.
"This week, Sinn Féin will use our Private Member's time in the Dáil to bring forward a motion declaring a housing emergency across the state. Minister O'Brien's shocking comments in a recent media debate, stating that there is no housing emergency, exposed yet again how out of touch this government is.
"Minister O'Brien has been in the post for over two years and the housing crisis has only worsened on his watch. Rents are continuing to spiral, house prices continue to soar and there are record levels of homelessness," Deputy Tully said.