Solidarity TD MICK Barry this morning slammed Ulster Bank’s decision to sell more than 5000 distressed Irish home loans to a vulture fund.He said the government’s refusal to block mortgage sales to vultures would open the door to homelessness levels well above the 10,000 rate.
Deputy Barry called on the State to intervene at Ulster Bank, Permanent TSB and KBC. He called for measures to be taken to secure state ownership of properties with severe arrears and the rolling out a mortgage to rent scheme.The Cork North Central TD warned that these measures are necessary to prevent “an explosion in homelessness” by renting to those who cannot repay mortgages.
Dublin South West TD Paul Murphy has this morning commented on the case of a family forced to sleep in Tallaght Garda station last night because they had no alternative accommodation. He said that the case highlighted the failure of the government's policy on housing which relies on private landlords and builders to provide social and affordable housing. He said that the occupation by activists of a property in Summerhill should inspire others to become active and build a movement on housing to demand the building of public housing.
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