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We want to tackle housing supply, make homes affordable and increase security for tenants

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Earlier today our Housing and Planning Spokesperson, Jan O'Sullivan TD launched our Social and Affordable Housing Bill 2016  with Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD, Willie Penrose TD, Alan Kelly TD and Cllr Duncan Smith.

 

Jan O'Sullivan invited several key stakeholders including the Irish Council for Social Housing, Threshold, Focus Ireland, USI and many other interested parties.

The purpose of this Bill is to amend various pieces of legislation in order to make improvements to the current serious shortage in supply of housing for sale or for rent at affordable prices, and to ensure a stable and functioning housing market. 

This Bill is set in the context of looking at the constitutional balance between the rights of private property and the principle of social justice and the common good. And while it represents a strong and comprehensive legislative response to the issues, it has to be acknowledged that legislation alone, cannot fix everything.

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