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# Eoin Ó Broin

Last week
19th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# Housing
Sinn Féin says government is lowering social housing numbers by excluding HAP and RAS tenants
Ó Broin said the removal of HAP and RAS tenants from the social housing need figures was ‘deeply dishonest’.
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The claim was made in a Dáil debate on the eviction ban.
Last month
March 2023
# Overholding
Opposition TDs believe 'increasing' number of tenants will resist eviction over coming weeks
They believe the practice is acceptable where tenants “have nowhere to go” and face being out on the streets otherwise.
This year
# Public Art
Bill aims to make it easier to allow for large scale public murals
Eoin Ó Broin’s legislation aims to facilitate ‘good quality public art’, while also including some ‘reasonable’ restrictions.
# planning reform
Councils seek €40 million to help beef up staffing in planning departments nationwide
Local authorities have sought funding from the Government to recruit an additional 541 planning staff.
# Expenses
Ó Broin insists his party doesn't 'owe Donohoe apology' in wake of SF expenses revelations
Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ó Broin said there is a “world of a difference” between Sinn Féin’s situation and Donohoe’s.
Last year
# Housing
Owners of defective apartments need 100% redress scheme funded by industry levy, says SF
Up to 100,000 homes built between 1991 and 2013 are expected to have defects.
# Raise The Roof
Protest and concert calling for action on housing crisis takes place in Dublin
The rally started at Parnell Square and made its way to Government Buildings where a number of speeches were made.
# Dublin
Apartment owners vote against proposal they pay €68,000 each to fix fire safety defects
‘People didn’t vote ‘no’ because they don’t want the work to be done. We voted ‘no’ because we don’t have the money,’ said one owner.
# Sinn Féin
'It's a good day when justice is served': Eoin Ó Broin responds to Dowdall sentencing
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin says his party has been quick to distance itself from Dowdall.
# Planning
Sinn Féin's Ó Broin calls for urgent reform of An Bord Pleanála amid ‘deep, deep crisis’
The housing minister outlined steps being taken to address issues at the planning body in the Dáil today.
# Electoral Reform Bill
Sinn Féin calls for President to reject Electoral Reform Bill after EU concerns
The Commission has set the Irish Government a deadline of 5 August to respond to the issues with the legislation.
# heated debate
'You want to subsume PBP into Sinn Féin': Rent bill questioning leads to heated Dáil debate
The heated debate kicked off during Leaders Questions this afternoon.
# shocking
House price growth reaches seven year high at over 15%
Residential property prices hit a fresh seven-year high of 15.2% in March, according to new CSO figures.
# refugee crisis
Holiday home owners could be paid for housing refugees, junior minister suggests
Over 25,000 refugees have arrived in the country as of this week.
FactCheck: Has Sinn Féin objected to the construction of 6,000 houses?
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The claim has repeatedly been made by the Taoiseach.
The claim has repeatedly been made by the Taoiseach in the Dáil during debates on housing.
Fianna Fáil cited 24 motions on housing across five different local authorities as evidence for the claim.
Government party's councillors voted the same way as their opposition counterparts in some votes, Stephen McDermott writes.
# Expenses
Five TDs and senators forced to refund almost €6,000 after audit of expense allowances
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin were among those required to refund the value of unvouched expenses.
# Out of Order
SF's Eoin Ó Broin accuses Taoiseach of 'downright lies' amid Dáil ructions
The dispute took place during Leaders’ Questions today.
All time
# Gerry Adams
Ó Broin says an apology from Gerry Adams over Christmas video would be 'helpful'
The company who created the sketch, Ferry Clever, has since taken down the video.
# rent crisis
Berlin proposal 'isn't necessarily' the answer to Ireland's housing woes, says Eoin Ó Broin
Berliners voted in favour of forcing large landlords to hand over apartments to the state.
# Housing
Leo Varadkar: 'We need to balance that one person's rent is another person's income'
The Taoiseach defended the government’s policy of linking rent increases to inflation.
# housing for all
Sites in Dublin, Cork and Limerick included in 'largest ever transfer of State land'
The Land Development Agency will take ownership of State land capable of delivering 10,000 to 15,000 additional homes.
# door to door polling
Leo Varadkar says FG paid students to pretend to be pollsters, DPC to ask SF about its practices
Varadkar says the practice was “discontinued” in the past seven years.
# Sinn Féin
Voter data: Eoin Ó Broin defends 'unusual' appearance as witness to a committee he's a member of
A Fine Gael Senator said it was “an affront” to the committee that Sinn Féin did not send its general secretary as other parties did.
# Housing Crisis
Over 1,000 people with status to remain are stuck in Direct Provision as they can't find other housing
Eoin Ó Broin says these people should be included in the government’s homelessness figures.
# shared equity scheme
Dáil to debate Sinn Féin's motion on scrapping scheme which it says 'will not make homes more affordable'
The Minister for Housing, however, has said the scheme will help young prospective homeowners out of a “rental trap”.
# shovel ready
Macho face-off thankfully replaced by policy as Eoin Ó Broin and Richard Bruton debate housing
The pair got into it on Twitter but kept their shirts on in a radio debate.
# Housing
Taoiseach told he is living in a world of 'make believe' by ignoring the reality of the housing crisis
In Dublin, house prices have decreased by 1.5%, while apartment prices increased by 1%.
Sinn Féin TD says Brian Stanley guilty of 'colossal errors of judgment'
Brian Stanley is taking this week off to spend time with his family at the request of his party leader, Mary Lou McDonald.
# Housing Crisis
Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet
Approvals and drawdowns on the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme fell significantly from March onwards.
# Housing
Over a quarter of counties have drawn down no funding for Traveller accommodation this year
Less than half of funding allocated to Traveller accommodation has been drawn down this year to date.
# Social Welfare
Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic
The number of households on the payment has risen by 5,136 since mid-March.
# co living
'No plans' to review co-living accommodation guidelines despite Covid-19 crisis, Murphy says
The Minister for Housing said co-living developments would “play an important role in catering for the diverse needs of the overall population”.
# Social Welfare
Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic
Housing groups have warned that Ireland could see a rise in evictions as a result of the crisis.
# rebuilding ireland
Under 6,000 new social houses built in 2019 as government misses target again
Just 5,771 new builds were delivered to the government last year.
# The other crisis
'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis
There has been a 15% increase in the number of people receiving Rent Supplement since Covid-19 restrictions began.
# government formation
Leo and Micheál agree to enter government with 'full and equal partnership' between two parties
Fine Gael has a task on its hands to convince grassroots members to sign up to coaltion government.
# Homelessness
Housing dept 'utterly rejects' criticism of homeless figures amid claims of 'pre-election manipulation'
The number of people homeless in December 2019 dipped below 10,000 before rising above that figure again in January 2020.
# no place like home
'People can’t wait any longer': Increase in young Irish people living with parents among highest in Europe
The share of young adults aged 25-29 living with their parents in Ireland has increased from 36.0% in 2007 to 47.2% in 2017.
# only way
Eoin Ó Broin says Sinn Féin cannot form government without either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael
Ó Broin said that even if all the left-leaning parties came together, they’d fall short of a majority in the Dáil.