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Open thread: Rent rises, housing lists, homelessness - what's the number one issue for you?

NAMA, the mortgage crisis and rents – it’s all up for discussion at the housing and homeless committee.

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WHILE GOVERNMENT FORMATION talks continue, issues like the housing crisis rage on.

Despite having no government just yet, 14 TDs were at the very first housing and homeless sub-committee meeting today to discuss the ongoing crisis.

The cross-party committee aims to develop realistic and sustainable answers to the homeless and housing situation in Ireland.

Speaking today, Wexford TD Mick Wallace said “things are going to worse before they get better”.

€10 billion to solve social housing problem

Assessing the situation, he said to realistically tackle the social housing problems, at least €10 billion will be needed.

Wallace said serious questions need to be answered – such as, is the government prepared to rely on the private sector to supply social housing?

“That has failed,” he said.

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The committee agreed to invite submissions from the public, as well as inviting a number of groups to address the members.

Nine sessions will focus on different aspects of the housing and homeless crisis including homelessness, social housing, private housing, private rented housing, housing finance and NAMA.

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the decision to invite Minister Alan Kelly to its next sitting on 26 April, stating it is imperative that he attends.

We want to know what specific aspects you think the committee should tackle first? Rent controls? Sub-standard accommodation? Families in emergency homeless situations? What’s the number one issue for you? Tell us in the comments section below.

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