July 26, 2021
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Councillor brands FG and FF ‘tweedledee and tweedledum’

Sinn Fein Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has branded Fine Gael and Fianna Fail ‘the tweedledee and tweedledum of Irish politics’ at his party’s Ard Dheis in Derry.

McGuinness made the comments as he claimed that the ‘confidence and supply’ government will splash out more on rent subsidies than building houses next year.

“Waterford City and County Council needs to be empowered to build houses,” he said as he secured Sinn Fein backing for a review of the Housing Assistant Payment (HAP) scheme.

“As long as the tweedledee and tweedledum of Irish politics hold the purse strings this is unlikely to happen,” he added.

“Rent subsidies can only ever be a stop gap measure as we seek to address the chronic housing crisis in Ireland. An increase in supply is the only real and sustainable solution to ever increasing rents and a shortage of quality and affordable housing.

“Rents have increased by a staggering 11.5% in Co. Waterford in the last year. Couples, individuals and families are all feeling the strain, and many people in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation are unable to find an alternative.

“HAP rates have not kept up with a dysfunctional private rental market, and families are bearing the brunt of this.

“There is an acknowledgement from the Council that the HAP scheme is not fit for purpose, but Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are ideologically commuted to the huge transfer of public money to landlords over investment in tangible assets such as social and affordable housing units.”

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