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Ireland Councils should invest in housing inspections - not white-water rafting, Taoiseach says

19:40  10 december  2019
19:40  10 december  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said local authorities should invest more money in inspecting rental properties rather than white-water rafting courses.

Mr Varadkar appeared to criticise Dublin City Council’s recent decision to approve the construction of a new white-water rafting course in Dublin Docklands in response to questions about the government’s record on energy poverty.

The decision to build the white-water rafting course was supported by eight of the nine Fine Gael councillors on the local authority in a vote last week.

He made the comments after Sinn Fein housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said the government should ensure all private rental properties are fully inspected “so that no child is living in energy poverty”. Mr Ó Broin raised the findings of a new report from St Vincent de Paul which said that 140,00 children are living in substandard homes.

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WATER SCHEME: An artist’s impression of what the white water rafting project in the Docklands will look like WATER SCHEME: An artist’s impression of what the white water rafting project in the Docklands will look like

Mr Varadkar said the new rent legislation passed earlier this year gives new powers to the Residential Tenancies Board which now has additional inspectors.

“By 2021, it is anticipated that one-in-four properties will be inspected, so roughly every property getting inspected every four years and money is being provided for this from central government,” Mr Varadkar said.

“But it would be helpful that those parties that control local authorities now that could help to contribute to the cost of that should do so rather than cutting the LPT or investing in whitewater rafting.

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Mr Varadkar claimed that consistent poverty has fallen “dramatically” in recent years and deprivation levels are going down. He said 40,000 children have been lifted out of child poverty in recent years.

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“Yes, things vary from region-to-region and, of course, the experience is not the same for every family. But broadly the experience in Ireland is one of us going in the right direction, unemployment down, incomes rising, poverty and deprivation falling,” he said.

“Those are the facts and no amount of politics or populism or spin can cover up for that.”

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