With this new government legislation coming into effect on the 10th August, landlords can evict again, after a temporary ban on evictions over the last few months. This bill – effectively making it legal again to evict tenants – will strike fear into the hearts of many families and individuals who were protected only due to emergency evictions ban that was in place. This minister is loyal to the landlords. What about the thousands of people who are terrified they will have nowhere to live?
“Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith called on TDs who are landlords to abstain from voting on her group’s private members motion, due to be put before the Dáil this afternoon, calling for “emergency measures to address the worsening housing and homeless crisis.She said there was a “conflict of interest” which was “immoral.Deputy Smith said that at least 30 TDs are landlords and benefit from the subsidies which she said would grow to €1 billion next year.She called on the Taoiseach to instruct deputies who are landlords not to vote in the motion because they would compromise themselves, and the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parties.”