Dáil debates

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

12:00 pm

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Rent supplement plays an important part in the provision of accommodation. There are 71,800 persons in receipt of rent supplement, of whom 19,000, or 26% of the total, were awarded it this year. At the end of November, approximately 29,000 rent supplement recipients were on the live register, representing 8.2% of the total number. The Government committed funding of €344 million to the rent supplement scheme in 2014. It is not true to say money has been not been forthcoming. The current limits came into force on 17 June 2013, introducing some increases in Dublin and Galway. The limits in Dublin were increased by a weighted average of, I understand, about 9%.

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Kate Hunt
Posted on 4 Dec 2014 12:58 pm (Report this comment)

However, The Taoiseach was not so bound by legislation regarding caps and savings to the exchequer when he raised the pay cap by over the industrial wage (35k) for his crony who also receives many perks and expenses, on top of his extortionate salary.
This is an example of one rule for people in disadvantaged areas, and another for FG and their cronies - utterly disgusting and corrupt. It's also interesting to note that reduced availability of property increases demand. This is advantageous to people, like the Taoiseach who are Landlords and have invested heavily in their property portfolio.

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