THERE were 80 separate eviction notices issued in Limerick on just one day in the past fortnight.
Speaking in the Seanad this week, Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan called on the government to immediately declare a housing emergency and introduce a ban on evictions across the State.
The Castleconnell-based politician highlighted that there were 80 separate eviction notices issued In Limerick on just one day in the last two weeks.
“Limerick tenants are facing a perfect storm – a tsunami of evictions, a 15 per cent rise in rents in Limerick, and a ridiculously low qualifying threshold to qualify for social housing. If you earn more than €32,500 you do not even qualify for social housing. People are trapped in a rental market that is getting ever more vicious with the rise in rents and evictions,” Senator Gavan said.
He called for immediate action from government to introduce a ban on evictions.
“We need to declare a housing emergency and put a ban on evictions. Things are already extremely bad and despite the best efforts in spin from this out of touch government, things are getting worse and not better.”
Senator Gavan is also highlighting a public meeting on the housing crisis which is being organised by the trade union led ‘Raise The Roof’ coalition. The event is due to take place in the Strand Hotel on Monday June 13 at 7.30pm.