Seanad debates

Monday, 29 March 2021

Residential Tenancies Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages

 

10:30 am

Mary Seery Kearney (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

This legislation interrupts constitutional property rights. The proportionality of that is determined by Covid and whether Covid lifts or the Covid situation gets better. I hope with all my heart that we will be in a much better position by 12 July. It is right that we take it in those steps. Otherwise, it becomes disproportionate and unconstitutional. That is the reason. I have no problem extending this if the circumstances arise but it they do not, they do not. That would be great. Then we can have a debate for another day on a different set of rights. However, we should be clear that the rights as they stood prior to Covid still stand. None of those has been diminished.

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