Sinn Féin affordable housing bill passed as Government forgets to vote on its own counter-motion 1 month ago

Sinn Féin affordable housing bill passed as Government forgets to vote on its own counter-motion

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin described the event as "embarrassing".

The Dáil has passed a Sinn Féin motion on affordable housing after the Government forgot to vote on its counter-motion.

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The non-binding private members' bill calls on the Government to double capital investment in homes and build 20,000 social homes a year.

The motion is seeking that affordable housing should be delivered for €230k in Dublin instead of the €450k figure suggested by Government.

However, when it came to a vote to move the Government's counter-motion, no vote was recorded and the bill was passed.

The private members' bill was brought by the party's housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, who said that "there is no doubt our speculative, developer-led housing system is broken".

"It is time for Government policy to change and the most important thing Government could do to make this change is dramatically increase capital investment," he added.

Ó Broin took to Twitter after the vote to describe the event as "embarrassing" as three Government Ministers in the chamber didn't vote for their own amendment to the motion.

"Well, that was embarrassing. Three Govt Ministers in the chamber didn’t vote for Govt amendment to the SF motion on affordable housing," he penned.

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"Nor did they vote against the SF motion. So our proposal to double capital investment to deliver 20,000 homes to meet social and affordable need passed!"

Chief Whip Jack Chambers would have been responsible for administering the whipping system that tries to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires.