Dáil debates

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021: First Stage


1:10 pm

Photo of Duncan SmithDuncan Smith (Dublin Fingal, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I thank the USI and Sinn Féin for tabling this Bill. For too long students have been treated like a cash cow when it comes to rent and rental accommodation. An entire industry has built up which is geared towards the exploitation of students in the context of rental accommodation. This Bill will tackle this issue in a real way and the Labour Party is proud to co-sign and support it. I look forward to its passage and hope the Government will not only give it a sympathetic ear but will prioritise it in terms of debating time.


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