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This morning.

On RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sarah McInerney.

Clondalkin Landlord Joe Doyle  (top) explains his controversial video (above), tweeted out yesterday by outraged Sinn Féin Housing Spokesman Eoin Ó Broin TD.

From the show…

Joe: “That video is so ridiculously out there that it could not possibly be true.”

Sarah McInerney: “Well, you see that’s the thing? That’s the problem isn’t it? It could be true, it is true. There were 23 tenants living in a three-bed house in Rathmines in 2017, Prime Time found them and we saw, we saw video footage of the disgusting, difficult situation that they were living in.”

Joe: “And would you be putting me, or would you be putting a landlord in the same bracket as the culprits that ran that operation?”

Sarah: “Well, it was a landlord, they were being paid for providing the accommodation.”

Joe: “That, that’s, that’s, it’s someone like that that brings shame on my industry who goes and rents 23 people, one flat. That’s not something that I would interact with. People that, you know, landlords, other property owners I interact with on a daily basis, that’s not them.”

Sarah: “Ok, so I’m not suggesting that you’re involved in doing what that landlord was doing. I’m just asking you do you think it’s OK or acceptable to make fun, as you say, or use those people’s living conditions and different people around the country, in Dublin, and around the country, living conditions, very difficult because they are desperate, because they have no other choice, they don’t have enough money to find proper accommodation. Really abuse and extortion of those people. Do you think it’s acceptable to use their situations to further your own business?”

Joe: “I didn’t use them. Like it’s a joke. Like if somebody wants to be outraged by it, that’s fine, they can be outraged. But like…”

Sarah: “Well you’re banking on people being outraged by it.”

Joe: “But if that’s, if that’s what they want…like it’s nothing, it’s…Half the people thought it was hilarious, the other people wanted to be outraged and that’s fine. And even if we quote Eoin O Broin himself, he said ‘satire is essential to democracy, it doesn’t matter if you agree with the sentiments’.”

Sarah: “OK,well, we don’t need to quote Eoin O Broin because he’s on the line. Eoin, what do you make of it?”

Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin: “First of all, I don’t accept it was satire, whether Joe Doyle engages in this kind of practice or not isn’t for me to say, that’s a matter for the inspecting unit in South Dublin County Council, to inspect his properties and decide if they’re legally compliant or not. But if it was an experiment or if it was a joke I think it was a very distasteful one…”

Later

Joe: “I suppose at the same time, if it brings this discussion to the forefront, it’s an important discussion.”

Sarah: “Which discussion?”

Joe: “The discussion of the homeless crisis.”

Silence.

Sarah: “I don’t really understand cause on the one hand you’re making fun of the homeless crisis and people being in very desperate situations and now you’re saying you just want to bring the discussion to the forefront…”

Joe: “I didn’t say I want to bring it to the front, that wasn’t my intention. But if it brings it to the forefront, sure what’s the harm?”

Yesterday: We’re Back, Baby

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This afternoon.

The Irish Property Rights’ Association released the following statement:

“Stephen Faughnan, Chairman of the Irish Property Owners’ Association, has stated that all tenants who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of losing their jobs should be afforded access to the existing HAP scheme.

“He stated that the Government need to put the resources and structures in place to deal with the likely requirement for this support and that the IPOA’s members are happy to work with tenants who need to move to the HAP system.

This will necessitate cutting through the red tape that currently exists with the HAP system to ensure that tenants and landlords don’t suffer irreversible hardship from the C-19 crisis.”

Anyone?

Via Paul O’Donoghue

Rollingnews

Are you a tenant or a landlord?

Ciaran O’Driscoll writes:

Could you do a fierce short survey about your experiences for a friend’s college project?

With the current renting and housing situation in Ireland at the moment, I know many of you, like me, will have a lot to say about it.

The survey only takes a few minutes, and my friend and her project group would be delighted to get as many responses as possible.

Survey here

Rollingnews

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0betNkUhJdI

Further (NSFW language) shenanigans last night at Grangegorman,

Who fell under the van?

Society fell under the van.

Make of it what you will.

Squatter supporters hurt in Grangegorman stand-off (Irish Times)

(Thanks Oisín Kane)

Update:

Grangegorman March 24

8.45am

Liam Knuj writes:

Grangegorman this morning….all seems peaceful.

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Environment Minister Alan Kelly

….Mr [Alan Kelly] Kelly is being guided by a report commissioned by his predecessor Jan O’Sullivan, which presented a series of proposals to reform the rental market.

The report – by DKM Economic Consultants – warned against the introduction of full-scale rent controls as it could lead to tens of thousands of rented properties leaving the system.

However, it recommends the introduction of special rent certainty leases, which could have a set term of at least five years.

The report suggests a series of incentives for landlords who enter agreement with tenants, including capital gains tax relief once their property is sold.

Now landlords to get tax relief to keep rents down (Niall O’Connor, Independent.ie)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)