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Govt putting pressure on EC over short-term lets

The Government is going to keep up pressure on the European Commission regarding legislation to regulate short term lettings in Ireland, Tánaiste Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.

He was responding to Labour leader Ivana Bacik who claimed that the commission was continuing to “sit on” the legislation.

Mr Martin said that the commission had sought more time to adjudicate on the legislation “much to our frustration”

He said there was no point in going ahead with the legislation and then it to be judged to have “infringed”.

He added: “We are putting pressure on and we are identifying the seriousness of the situation.”

Ms Bacik said at a time when there were 13,000 people who are homeless, there were 18,000 short term lets on AirBnB.

She said Labour had proposed legislation to regulate this area five years ago.

The Tánaiste told the Dáil “we reckon 12,000 social homes were added in 2023.”

He said there could be close to 35,000 new homes built this year.

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