PBPA TD condemns political game-playing on Dáil’s first day while crisis issues such as housing and homelessness are ignored

Government plans to address housing crisis with tax breaks and incentives for developers “utterly crazy”.

rbb housingIn a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD has condemned what he called the “political game-playing” of both the government and Fianna Fáil on the first day of the Dáil after the summer recess.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said it was disgraceful that the main political parties were prioritising scoring political points instead of holding an emergency debate on the most pressing issues affecting our citizens, particularly those affected by the housing and homelessness crisis, which he said “is spiralling out of control.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the need for an emergency debate on the housing crisis was even more important given reports that the government is planning to give tax and other incentives to developers to increase housing supply. Deputy Boyd Barrett believes such proposals are utterly misguided and will re-create the conditions for further property bubbles and crashes.

Deputy Boyd Barrett will be attending and speaking at the Right 2 Housing protest outside the Dáil today at 6pm, which has been organised to demand that the government declare a national housing and homeless emergency.

Deputy Boyd Barrett also expressed surprise and great disappointment that a request to the Ceann Comhairle for a topical issue debate on the housing and homelessness crisis had not been selected.

“It really is disgraceful that most of the time of the Dáil today is going to be taken up with a confidence motion provoked by the main political parties desire to take political pot-shots at each other, when we are facing an absolutely disastrous and daily worsening housing and homelessness crisis. This is just typical of the misguided and self-serving priorities that inform the actions of the political establishment in this country, instead of focusing on the real issues causing hardship and suffering for hundreds of thousands of our citizens.

It is even more urgent that we should hold an emergency debate on the housing crisis, when we hear over the last few weeks and days that the government is planning to put in place tax breaks and incentives for private developers as its solution to the housing crisis. This is utter madness. It is this approach to housing that created the conditions for the property bubble and crash that almost destroyed our economy. We must not go back down this road.”

It is also very disappointing that the Ceann Comhairle has refused a topical issue debate on the housing and homeless crisis. I simply cannot think of a more important, urgent and topical issue than this today.

As is so often the case, the real political debate will not be taking place inside the Dáil but on the streets at the housing protest outside it’s gates. That’s where I’ll be.”