Fine Gael accused of enabling a 'den of thieves' 

Fine Gael accused of enabling a 'den of thieves' 
Crowds gathered on Dillons Cross this week protesting the eviction of residents from six apartments on the Old Youghal Road.Credit: Damian Coleman.

SOLIDARITY TD Mick Barry urged voters this Friday to 'give Fine Gael notices to quit' during a clash with the Taoiseach in the Dáil today. 

Mr Barry raised the eviction notices served to residents of an apartment block in Dillon's Cross, and took the Taoiseach to task over the performance of Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

He said that Fine Gael is allowing a "den of thieves" to profit from the housing market and will do nothing to stop them. 

"You and your government refuse to act.

"You refuse to ban economic evictions. You refuse to ban evictions into homelessness. You even refuse to put a moratorium on evictions," he said.

Targeting Mr Murphy, he said that he is arguably the worst of the "rare talents" produced by Fine Gael in recent decades, including Phil Hogan and Richie Ryan, famously lampooned as Richie Ruin. 

"The one man that you put in charge of solving it is out of touch, and incompetent," said Mr Barry.

Joan Casey (Ballincollig) and Mick Barry TD (Solidarity) protesting this week.
Joan Casey (Ballincollig) and Mick Barry TD (Solidarity) protesting this week.

"Again and again, he defends the indefensible.

"Are you not even the remotest bit tempted to give this man the sack?" 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar condemned Mr Barry for his personal attacks on Fine Gael members, including the recently deceased Mr Ryan.

"That is just a cheap shot. It is beneath contempt," he said.

He said that the public will judge the parties on Friday and predicted that Solidarity and parties like it will get 1-3% of the vote.

"You talk a lot about the 1% You are the 1% when it comes to public opinion in this state," he said.

Mr Varadakar said he was sorry to hear about the case in Dillon's Cross, but said that there are a lot of good news stories in housing too, claiming that 5,000 families have been lifted out of homelessness since last year, 18,000 are living in homes that didn't exist a year ago, and 9,000 families have been provided with social housing. 

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