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Northside TD responds to Sinn Féin housing attack

Thursday, 26th September, 2019 1:00pm
Northside TD responds to Sinn Féin housing attack

Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien

Northside TD responds to Sinn Féin housing attack

Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien

A NORTHSIDE TD has hit back at Sinn Féin after it called on his party to be “upfront” with the electorate about its priorities for housing in Budget 2020.

Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien (FF) was responding to questions raised by Sinn Féin’s Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin.

Deputy Ó Broin accused Fianna Fáil of failing to put forward any credible costed housing proposals ahead of any of the confidence and supply budgets.

“As the budget negotiations between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael begin, the Fianna Fáil spokesperson Darragh O’Brien must outline what Fianna Fáil’s housing proposals are and how much they would cost,” said Deputy Ó Broin.

“There are a lot of vague utterances on housing coming from Darragh O’Brien but nothing costed and nothing published.

“We need to see what Fianna Fáil deems to be an acceptable spend on housing for 2020 and what these spending priorities should be.

“According to media reports their 'proposals' include 'an affordable rent scheme on State land'. That is already happening in Dublin.”

Deputy Ó Broin asked questions of Fianna Fáil including:

•How much would Fianna Fáil like to see invested in the roll out of affordable cost rental in 2020?

•How many additional social homes would they like to deliver?

•What additional measures would they like to see introduced for renters?

Deputy Ó Broin claimed these are questions Fianna Fáil has failed to answer in the past.

"They were happy to support the demands of the Raise the Roof motion last year when the public pressure was on,” he added.

“Will they follow through on this support during budget negotiations with Fine Gael or is it just more rhetoric?

“Will they push for a doubling of capital investment in public housing to meet social and affordable housing need?”

When these questions were put to Deputy O’Brien, he said: “Eoin’s core problem appears to be that he doesn’t understand or recognise constructive engagement or negotiation. 

“The Sinn Féin approach to negotiations, which saw the party flee the scene following the General Election in 2016; which has seen the entire nationalist and remainer position in the North abandoned at Westminster in crucial votes; and which has seen the total collapse of politics at the Northern Assembly, isn’t really about results.

“The Sinn Féin approach is only about grandstanding and trying to sow division for political gain. 

“The people of North Dublin have seen the effort that my party and I have put into reintroducing fairness into the budget process and they know that the only measures in place regarding affordable housing are there because we insisted on them.”

Deputy O’Brien said major work is needed in the area of housing.

“That is why we need to elect Fianna Fáil to lead a new Government in the next election,” he said. 

“In the meantime, I am happy to take Eoin through the detail of our innovative housing proposals at any time. 

“But he’ll forgive me if I respectfully decline his offer for advice on how to conduct constructive budget negotiation.

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