Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.07 27 Feb 2020


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Fianna Fáil says it still believes a rent freeze would be unconstitutional.

The party has held discussions with the Green Party on a range of issues as part of efforts to form a government.

Reports this morning had suggested Fianna Fáil might be willing to look at the option of a short-term rent cap as part of their efforts to reach an agreement.

During the election campaign, the party insisted such a freeze was not legally possible and would interfere with property rights.

Housing spokesperson Darragh O'Brien this afternoon said the idea was raised during discussions - but insisted their own stance has not changed.

He said: "Our position has not changed on it: the legal advice that we got is the same that we got a number of weeks ago, before the general election.

"What we're open to doing on any matter is actually looking at what others will say.

"We've had an exchange of views: that's what discussions and negotiations are about."

Earlier, Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte - who is part of the negotiating team - said everything has to be on the table in the talks with other parties.

She told Newstalk Breakfast that she wasn't part of a housing briefing yesterday, but said nothing can be ruled out as "we're in the middle of a housing crisis".

The Greens also held lengthy policy talks with Sinn Féin earlier this week, as Mary Lou McDonald continues her own own government formation efforts.

Main image: Darragh O'Brien, who is part of the Fianna Fail Negotiations Steering Group, talking to the media on the Plinth, Leinster House. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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