Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor
Fianna Fáil Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has said that inconsistencies in rent caps between counties Carlow and Laois is leading to farcical situations whereby one family pays twice as much as another family living next door to them but across the county boundary.
She said: "In the townland of Graiguecullen, both local authorities share an estate at the end of Carlow and borders Laois.
"The estate is one to be proud of and has so far represented a very good arrangement and proof that working together achieves great results.
"However, the difference between what some families are paying in local authority rents and what their neighbours are paying is ridiculous.
"Residents in this shared estate under the Laois authority have their rent capped at €93 per week, but if they are a resident under the Carlow authority the cap is €180.
"This isn’t the only anomaly in this area."
"There are also several private houses for rent. Some of the private homes are actually co-operative homes yet tenants in these cannot receive HAP.
"Co-operative Housing Ireland is a Government body, so why can a tenant in a Co-operative Housing Ireland house not qualify for HAP?
"As a member of the Housing Committee I will continue to raise this matter at every available opportunity. Through these nonsensical measures the Government are ensuring people are kept out of reach from the housing market," she added.