Pearse Doherty TD has accused Tánaiste Leo Varadkar of seeing “homes as an investment” rather than a roof over somebody’s head, during a Dáil debate on Thursday.
The Sinn Féin TD said: “Tánaiste, it’s a ridiculous and unsustainable situation, but it has been a situation that has been well-flagged to your government and previous governments for many years”.
“I believe this has happened because you have looked at homes as an investment, as a potential profit margin for investors or individuals as opposed to looking through the prism of securing a roof over somebody’s head.”
Varadkar hit back by saying Doherty thinks he knows, but he does not. He continued to say that there isn’t a single member of the Dáil who is unaware of the housing crisis facing the country.
Varadkar continued to say that Sinn Féin never misses an opportunity to oppose housing in the south and voted to increase rents in Northern Ireland during the pandemic.
Take a look at some of the exchange here: