Martin: Taoiseach in a ‘D4 bubble’

Martin: Taoiseach in a ‘D4 bubble’
Micheal Martin: Taoiseach 'doesn't get what life outside of the D4 bubble is like.' 

AN Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is stuck in a 'D4 bubble', according to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

Referring to the Fine Gael leader's comments from earlier this week on people borrowing money from family and emigrating to afford a house deposit, Mr Martin said that the government is 'blind' to the lack of affordable housing.

“The Taoiseach’s comments about young people relying on cash gifts from their parents or going overseas for work to get a deposit together for a mortgage underline just how out of touch he is with ordinary, working families," he said.

“Many parents are pressed to the pin of their collars as they are and don’t have the capacity to hand over large sums of money to their children to help them onto the property ladder. The Taoiseach doesn’t get what life outside of the D4 bubble is like for most people."

MR Martin said that the Taoiseach's comments show that he thinks that this is an "acceptable and fair" way for people to get housing.

“He’s in government. He has had ample opportunities to put in place new rules to support young people get mortgages.

“The big problem, which the Taoiseach and his Government seem totally blind to, is that in the absence of any policy initiative to improve the supply of affordable housing, even couples in decent jobs have to really struggle just to find a deposit," said Mr Martin.

While the Taoiseach was in Davos yesterday, an Tánaiste Simon Coveney took the lead in the Dáil and refused to be drawn on his comments in a heated debate with People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett.

He defended the government's new mortgage scheme and upcoming affordable housing scheme but acknowledged that it will be difficult to deliver it in urban areas.

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