Meanwhile, In The Dáil


This afternoon.

In the Dáil.

The People Before Profit/Solidarity’s motion passed 83 to 43 with one abstention.

The motion called for

A declaration of a housing and homeless emergency.
A dramatic increase in the capital spending on housing to €2.3bn in budget 2019.
End evictions into homelessness.
More aggressive measures to bring empty properties and unused building land into use for housing.
Real rent controls to achieve affordable rents.
Increase the proportion of public and affordable housing in private developments.

There you go now.


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47 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In The Dáil

    1. millie st murderlark

      Nice that the government is finally beginning to acknowledge the scale of out housing issue, I suppose.

    2. Martco

      well for starters what about taxing ALL income from Airbnb lettings at top rate? roast them.
      we need to stop treating property as a commodity…if u fancy a spot of asset management go open a brokerage account and play with the nasdaq instead.

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Airbnb is merely private enterprise at work and should be taxes at the appropriate rate.
        What no-one is asking is why this sudden spike in homelessness is happening ?
        Why are thousands of people suddenly looking for homes that weren’t doing so five years ago ?
        Well,apart from the fact that not enough social housing is being built the plain fact is that much local authority property,emergency accommodation etc is full as the result of the continued,unchecked and rampant immigration.

        1. Starina

          Largely in part because of Airbnb, dude. There is NOTHING available to rent in Dublin and what is there is set at outlandish prices; this is because landlords have figured out they can rake it in by using their rental properties as airbnb properties, thereby removing huge swathes of housing from the city.

        2. Starina

          also we still haven’t recovered our population after the famine so away with your anti-immigration ráiméis

          1. Ollie Cromwell

            So nothing to do with the net inward migration figures of 20,000.
            They must be moving to all parts of the country except Dublin then.
            But still,20,000 extra people have to live somewhere.
            Nothing to do with the homeless crisis of course …

          2. Nigel

            What do immigrants have to do with the lack of construction and the squeezing of the rental market by air bnb? They’re not the cause of any of this, no more than the students flooding to the cities every Autumn are. But good luck fueling the xenophobia, I suppose.

          3. Ollie Cromwell

            Aw how sweet.
            Nigel thinks Dublin with its vibrant Airbnb market is the only place in Ireland where there is homelessness.
            The cause of homelessness is the rising numbers of people needing homes and the lack of building to keep up with demand.
            Demand is caused by an increasing population – caused by net inward migration.
            20,000 extra people a year looking for homes.

          4. Nigel

            Aw sweet, here comes the hard right blaming immigrants for structural problems hat have nothing to do with immigrants. Right wingers making scapegoats of vulnerable sections of the population? Gosh whatta shocker!

          5. Nigel

            Wow, that’s the cause of the homelessness crisis right there holy crap someone alert the nice men with the jackboots!

        3. Martco

          “Airbnb is merely private enterprise at work and should be taxes at the appropriate rate”

          I disagree fundamentally. It’s a parasite. Airbnb has created the vehicle to permit individuals to view their property as an asset with which to derive a personal profit for themselves. It’s not the only root cause but it is out of control and has created a massive distortion (course not forgetting Airbnb route their own profits thru Double Irish arrangements, but that’s probably ok with you as well, all fair game eh?)

          I’d like Airbnb hosts to be taxed at full income tax rate. Imagine it, a new income stream, brown envelopes with harps from the Revenue Commissioners would quickly stamp the Airbnb concept out.

          Or alternatively Airbnb lettings made illegal altogether.

          I have no comment to make on the rest of your daily express cut n paste dirge

          1. Ollie Cromwell

            I wonder how many wokes bemoaning the pervasive influence of Airbnb in Dublin are quite happy to use them on their city breaks to Europe ?
            The idea that someone renting out a bedroom of their house in the suburbs to a tourist is somehow depriving a skanger family of a roof over their heads and it’s nothing to do with the fecklessness and stupidity of the parents is laughable.
            The fact is almost one-third of newly homeless families are non-nationals.

          1. Ollie Cromwell

            If the sink is overflowing you turn the tap off not try to build a bigger sink while the water is still flowing into it.

          2. ReproButina

            Since the birth rate out paces immigration should we have mandatory abortions until we have a housing surplus?

          3. Starina

            well, Ollie, you keep backing this site up with your sewage and you’re still accommodated, so do try to return the favour.

          4. George

            That metaphor doesn’t work because water in a sink doesn’t reproduce. People do.

            Also when people come to a place they don’t just suck up resources they engage in economic activity and pay tax. So you’d be talking about water that also makes the sink bigger.

            People aren’t water.

  1. LeopoldGloom

    I’m all for this, but if they really cared they should also complain about overholding and bad tenants, and people who have just stopped making payments on their mortgages because they know that i’s very hard for anything to happen

  2. Rep

    What does this actually mean? Does this mean that the government has to do something or just that allows some of the kinda-opposition-kinda-government say that they backed it when calling around the doors?

    1. Nigel

      Yes? That’s how it works. The government goes to the doors with the steps, if any, they took to address the problem. The opposition goes to the doors with a record of holding the government to account and their alternative proposals. Good luck picking which one to believe.

  3. Aeneas

    The abstention is the blue dot in the FF/SF/Ind block so unlikely to be FG. More interesting is the Yes vote (green dot) in the FG block (top right)

  4. papa p

    Myself and ….

    Not X and I no?

    Or was I brought up believing it was more polite for no reason?

    1. Starina

      Correct, but it’s possible he named himself first as tagging someone at the very start of a tweet turns it into more of a direct message, thereby severely limiting the number of people who would see it. The grammatically correct solution would have been to put a period at the start: “.@bridsmithTD and I”

      This has been your daily grammar nerd lesson.

  5. Ollie

    What about multi mationals employing thousands of non eu citizens at 100k salariea? This drives up rent prices, should this also be banned?

    1. andy

      What about those multi nationals employing thousands of non eu citizens at 100k salaries who are paying huge amounts of tax each to the irish exchequer (way more than average irish people)….

      fixed that for you

  6. Bort

    Can the central band rules for deposit amounts and x times your salary be relaxed so I can get a mortgage.
    My wife was involved in the purchase of a property when she was younger which she was majorly screwed over, by a family member (sound). House has been sold and mortgage paid off. So we’re both classed as second time buyers. We’re trying to buy soon but the 20% is killing us, we could service the repayments on a property twice the cost of what we’d like to buy.

  7. JunkFace

    This is excellent news! If it means some action, and very soon. I guess we will have to wait and see. Trusting Irish politicians to DO is another thing

    1. DaithiG

      I hope it leads to something, but I doubt it will since it’s the gov department that is supposed to do something about it.

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