Pressure Zones must include Commuter Counties

December 13, 2016

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy has said today’s announcement of the Government’s rental strategy must include measures to alleviate the rental pressure in commuter counties such as Kildare and Wicklow.

According to Murphy areas such as Leixlip, Celbridge & Maynooth in Kildare and Bray & Greystones in Wicklow are just some examples of areas where average rents are at least on par with Dublin City and County rents.

Speaking ahead of the Government announcement Catherine Murphy said:

“I am concerned with reports of the long awaited rental strategy which seem to suggest that only 2 areas-Dublin and Cork-will be categorised as so-called ‘pressure zones’. People in commuter belt counties are paying comparable rents to city prices and the Minister must take this into account.”

“In the past I have raised similar concerns with the former Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton regarding rent supplement limits and indeed she conceded that some commuter areas required comparable levels of rent supplement support due to rental prices.”

“I would hope that Minister Coveney has taken a thorough review of the rental markets across the country and will therefore recognise the need to implement more nuanced measures than simply targeting two big cities. Those measures must tackle the problem of exorbitant rental prices in the areas which are most affected.”