Aontú Will Launch Party Bye-election Campaign with Significant Housing Bill this Thursday
Aontú will launch Mairéad Tóibín’s Dublin Bye-Election Campaign on Thursday the 24th of June at 2.30. Mairéad will be joined by elected Aontú reps from across the country including sitting TD and leader of the party Peadar Tóibín.
The launch will take place 2.30 pm. At the Press Conference Aontú will launch its 15th Bill of this Dail.
Speaking in advance of the launch An Teachta Tóibín stated;
“The Aontú Bill if made law would delete the taxation advantages that were given to REITS by FG in the Residential Sector. The crisis engulfing so many families in need of a home is in large part because FF and FG are allergic to building Social Housing. They instead turbo charged International Investment funds with enormous tax breaks to come into the housing market. These same Investment Funds are creating a tenant class the likes that has not been seen since Landlord days.
On the other hand, much of the opposition has focused just on the social housing sector as the only solution. SF, the Soc Dems, PbP and the Labour Party have all actively prevented thousands of homes being built by private builders in the middle of a national housing emergency. Aontú believes that both private and public sectors must be working at full tilt for this crisis to be fixed.
Mairéad Tóibín is a Health Care Professional who has worked as a pharmacist in Mental Health Services, Addiction Services and the Nursing Home Sector in Dublin Bay South for over 15 years. Máiréad has also worked as an Inspector of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. She has seen first-hand what has happened to our Health Service in that time and also, critically, over the period of the Covid Crisis. The majority of the people who have lost their lives with Covid in this state caught Covid in a Hospital or a Nursing Home. The most vulnerable have been the most exposed. It is a key element of Aontú’s Bye-Election campaign to highlight this heart-breaking disaster and push for a full public investigation into what has happened to ensure that it never happens again.
Previously Mairéad owned and managed two community pharmacy businesses. She knows the challenges now faced by small businesses. The livelihood of many Small Business owners and workers hang in the balance currently because of Covid and the severity and length of the restrictions imposed by the government . Many businesses have built up serious debt and need real help from the government. Restaurants and Pubs have particularly hard hit. Despite being closed for over a year, this weekend Restaurants and Pubs have been hit with the news that the serving of food and drink in outdoor spaces may in fact be illegal. Businesses hammered by the last 15 months now face the confusion of whether they have to shut down outside dining. Meanwhile indoor dining & drinking proceeds all over the rest of the EU. Mairéad will be calling for a MABs type organisation to be constituted to help many business work through significant debt and potentially fatal debt that has been built up. Mairéad is also calling for all Hospitality to be reopened under the same science and regulations immediately.