Dublin South West TD, Seán Crowe, has said the government is failing families and young people due to their inaction to tackle spiralling rents, and accused Fine Gael of “offering nothing to deal with the crisis already facing renters.”

The Sinn Féin TD’s comments come as the latest Daft.ie report today that shows rents have risen for the 14th Quarter in a row.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

“The average rent in South County Dublin is now €2,224, the highest in any area of the State. This is on top of the ever growing cost of living, of insurance, and childcare.

“It’s the same story right across the State – sky-high rents and no action.

“As shocking as these figures are, the reality is they reflect the day-to-day hardship ordinary people are facing.

“They can be the mother with two kids facing homelessness because her landlord has just hiked up her rent. They are the young person desperately rifling through Daft.ie to find something, anything even remotely affordable within commuting distance to work.

“They are the couple who have no chance of saving up for a deposit on their own home.

“A whole generation are being locked out of ever having a permanent home.

“The Taoiseach is making a lot of the fact that the rate of increase in rent is slowing. What he is actually saying to people is that you aren’t drowning as fast as you were last month, but you are still drowning and it’s going to get worse.

“Fine Gael and their Government partners in Fianna Fáil have done nothing to reduce the cost of rents or to protect tenants from further rent increases. They have connived together to block all solutions from Sinn Féin and the opposition.

“What these latest figures clearly show, more than anything else, is that their policies are not working. Fine Gael are normalising this crisis and normalising homelessness.

“Social and affordable housing needs to be built to a scale radical enough to address the housing crisis.

“We welcome the u-turn from Fianna Fáil that they want to see a rent freeze, a position we have long advocated and included in our alternative budget this year.

“Sinn Féin want to give renters an emergency three-year rent freeze and provide a tax break equal to one month’s rent.

“These are two crucial measures that would make a real, substantial difference for those struggling with sky-high rents.”