Spiralling housing costs mean people remain too close to homelessness

A Donegal TD believes that thousands of people are never more than three months from homelessness in the current political climate.

Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty says that with increasing house and rent prices it is becoming more and more difficult for people to keep themselves in their homes.

Recent figures showed there was 34 people including children homeless at the end of November in the North West. 16 of those were in Sligo with 18 in Donegal.

Deputy Doherty believes the use of NAMA buildings to tackle the crisis is the obvious way to go but that there is no political will within government to do so.

However, he said a letter he received under a Freedom of Information request shows the Minister told NAMA that redemption of debt should take precedence over it’s contribution to tackling the housing crisis.

Speaking to Ocean FM News on the matter, the Sinn Fein finance spokesperson says the problem has been fueled by politicians: