Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East Thomas Byrne says the increased in rent supplement announced by the Government was one of the key priorities for his party during the discussions with Fine Gael to secure a minority Government.
Fianna Fáil negotiators argued for an increase in rent supplement as part of a wider package of measures to address the housing crisis during the discussions on the Confidence and Supply Arrangement, which was agreed in Trinity College earlier this year.
Deputy Byrne commented, “There are hundreds of families in Co. Meath who have been living in fear of losing their homes because of escalating rents. These increases have been particularly acute in commuter counties, where there is a renewed demand for rental properties. The combination of a shortage of supply and growing demand from young professionals and families has led to soaring rents over the past year.
“Fianna Fáil brought forward concrete proposals to tackle the housing emergency in our General Election manifesto, one of which was an increase in rent supplement. This key issue was a major part of our discussions with Fine Gael and one that we were not prepared to back down on. Our determination to get agreement on this issue resulted in a deal being struck and the announcement of rent supplement increases yesterday.
“As a result of these discussions families in Meath stand to see an increase in rent supplement of between €180 and €250 a month. This will go a long way helping them secure their homes on a more long term basis, ensuring peace of mind for these parents and their children.
“While we welcome the increase in rent supplement, it is only one element of a much wider package of measures that are needed to tackle the housing crisis. This includes building more social and affordable homes and ensuring that rents are reasonable. The Government should examine and implement the recommendations of the all-party Oireachtas Housing Committee without delay so that this emergency can be brought under control”.