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Dáil told young people ‘angered’ by Varadkar rent claim

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The Social Democrats have accused the Tánaiste of not knowing what he is talking about when it comes to the prospects for young people in Ireland.

“You really don’t know what you are talking about,” Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats co-leader said, taking aim at the Tánaiste’s remarks that the grass is not always greener overseas.

She said that rents in Ireland are 88% higher than the EU average.

Young people were “angered” and “stunned” by Leo Varadkar’s “ill-informed” remarks, and have reacted with “utter astonishment”, Deputy Murphy said.

Mr Varadkar said that some metrics are going in the right direction, with over 2,000 mortgage approvals given in the past month.

He said that he wants Housing for All to be implemented more quickly and that it is the role of the Taoiseach to coordinate the Government’s response.

Ms. Murphy pointed to a recent reduction in mortgage approvals and asked how a “whole of government approach” would change things.

She expects “quite a lot of people” at the Raise the Roof protest in Dublin this weekend, as many have lost hope.

Ireland is one of the top ten countries in the world, Mr Varadkar said.

However, Mr Varadkar said that he is aware that “we compare unfavorably with most other European capital cities, perhaps all” in terms of rent.

Rents in Ireland are “extremely high and unacceptably high”, they said.

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