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16/10/2021

"Listen to the people" - Heated words exchanged in Dáil on housing

"Listen to the people" - Heated words exchanged in Dáil on housing

"Listen to the people" - Heated words exchanged in Dáil on housing

Heated words on the housing crisis were exchanged this afternoon during Leaders' Questions. 

The exchange occurred as a student protest on lack of accommodation and rising rent costs took place outside the Dáil. 

Deputy Pearse Doherty told Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that he saw homes as investments and appealed to him to "listen to the people". 

Deputy Doherty spoke about the lack of student accommodation, the families affected by the MICA redress scandal, as well as a woman in her 50s who recently spoke to Liveline about living in a shed with no running water. 

He said, "You talk about Housing for All but you're not listening." 

The Tánaiste replied to say he's "very aware" of the housing crisis and that Deputy Doherty doesn't "have a monopoly on compassion or understanding". 

He continued: "You said earlier the people on these government benches should be ashamed, you should ask yourself if you should be ashamed too as your party voted to increase rents in Northern Ireland in a pandemic." 

Both the Tánaiste and Deputy Doherty continued their heated exchange with both stating the other should have "a little humility". 

The Leas Ceann Comhairle, Catherine Connolly, demanded they finish and said they were acting in an "ungentlemanly fashion".   

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