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Extortionate Rents Must Be Curbed

Councillor Michael ‘Frick’ Murphy (SF) has called on An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD to react urgently to the fact that Carrigaline South and Crosshaven still remain without rent controls.

Towards the end of 2016, Rent Pressure Zones were established for areas where housing is at its most expensive and also where rent is growing at a very fast rate. In January 2017, the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District area was designated as a Rent Pressure Zone, which means that rent prices cannot rise by more than 4% per annum.

However, the boundary changes prior to the 2014 Local Elections saw South Carrigaline and Crosshaven move into the Kinsale-Bandon ward, and subsequently were not included in the zoning of rent pressure.

Speaking about this Councillor Murphy said, “Carrigaline was divided in two since the last Council elections. During that time, the part of Carrigaline, north of the Owenabue, as well as Ringaskiddy, Passage West/ Monkstown, and all other areas surrounding that, were designated a Rent Pressure Zone (see the first map).

This mean that rent could not rise by more than 4pc a year for a tenant. While Sinn Féin wanted more than this, it was at least some relief from rapidly rising rents. I am calling on the Government to ensure that all of the new Carrigaline LEA (second map), from Passage West down to Minane Bridge, is included in the Rent Pressure Zone, as it is only right & fair. Rents are extortionate in this area, people are being crucified, and I think they need at least a little bit of relief.

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