Labour says it's totally inexcusable that an arm of the state held onto empty apartments in Dublin while children grew up in hotels.
26 apartments, controlled by NAMA, in Finglas have been vacant since they were built ten years ago.
That's according to the Business Post (€), which says the National Assets Management Agency owns 54 units in that development.
It reports that sales materials that are being circulated by agents claim that 28 of them are currently vacant, and 26 have never been let before.
👇this is why we need a Vacant *Homes* Tax.
An absulute scandal that apartments owned by an arm of the state were allowed to sit empty as children lived in hotel rooms pic.twitter.com/JmSyoiPeos
— Rebecca Moynihan (@RebeccaMoy) October 17, 2021
Labour Furious At State Owned Units Lying Empty
Senator Rebecca Moynihan is furious at the revelation, and says it highlights the need for a vacant homes tax:
"It's estimated that there's 200,000 housing units that could be repaired and brought back into use."
"But the fact that we had 26 apartments that were livable in at a time when we had children growing up in hotels."
"They were lying empty, while owned by NAMA, is a absolute shocking disgrace."
"I really think the Minister should ask NAMA to account for that."
"How many more apartments or homes do that have lying empty in the middle of a deep housing crisis?"