Speaking ahead of the Dáil debate this evening, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan has condemned the Government’s inaction on opposition housing proposals, and announced his party would vote no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.
“Eoghan Murphy has a damn cheek to say that we’re not bringing forward solutions to the housing crisis – the opposition has consistently brought new ideas to the legislative table only to face continual Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil resistance and inaction. The government prefers to continue its infatuation with market-led solutions, rather than engaging with opposition and expert voices.
“We are voting no confidence in Eoghan Murphy today because he’s unwilling to take on board any suggestions from the opposition. The Green Party alone have brought forward five proposals that have been either dismissed or allowed to die in committee: (1) a proper Site Value Tax, (2) a workable Vacant & Derelict Sites Levy, (3) building cost rental development on state lands, (4) improving building standards, and (5) increasing the number of State builds on Part V land.
“The question is not ‘Where are the opposition proposals?’ The question is ‘Why isn’t the Minister listening to them?’”
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