Roscommon Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy
Oireachtas members sleeping in their cars due to a lack of hotel accommodation in Dublin is not a widespread phenomenon, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said.
Via RTE News:
It follows a report in a newspaper that an Oireachtas member from the west of Ireland said he slept in his car after he was unable to find a room.
The unnamed politician (since named) told the Irish Daily Mail he slept in his car twice after repeated attempts to find a place to stay failed.
Mr Martin said that there are pressures on accommodation due to a rebound in tourism and efforts to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.
Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said he was not aware of the case.
Government politicians are given a €120 a night accommodation allowance and Senator Murphy said “out of principal” he would never pay more than €200 a night for a room.
Senator Murphy said has only been able to secure a room for one night in the last three weeks and when he asked if he could book the same for room next week he was told there “was not a chance” as the hotel is fully booked.