Council votes against increasing social housing rents by 2%

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South Dublin County Council yesterday rejected a motion to increase rents for council tenants in this area.

Fine Gael councillor Brian Lawlor tabled the motion for an annual increase of 2% over the next three years on the current rate of 10% to bring rates in line with other local authorities and to deter people from going on the lower SDCC rate.

However the motion was strongly opposed by other councillors who accused Fine Gael of targeting the poorest people in the community.

Councillor Lawlor attempted to withdraw his motion following the vote but didn’t receive enough support from other councillors. It was then voted down with Fine Gael councillors deciding to abstain from the final vote.