Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

20.27 19 Mar 2020


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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is in self-isolation after visiting family abroad last week.

The Minister is taking the measure as a precaution and has not been in physical contact with any of his ministerial colleagues.

A spokesperson said the Minister is continuing a full work schedule via phone and teleconference.

He traveled abroad last week before any travel advice had been issued.

Meanwhile, Minister Murphy spoke to the Hard Shoulder this evening in the wake of the announcement of measures to support renters during the coronavirus crisis.

The Government has announced moratoriums on evictions and rent increases for the duration of the emergency.

According to the Department of Housing, the measures are to ensure people can stay in their homes during this period

The notice period for tenancies of less than six months is also being increased from 28 to 90 days.

Minister Murphy said: "These are quite extreme measures, but they're necessary to keep people safe during the crisis.

"We need to put them into law, and I'll be publishing legislation to that - and hopefully with the support of colleagues in the Oireachtas next week we'll pass that law."

He added: "I think it's probably fair to say that the landlord organisations... understood they needed to this anyway as part of stepping up to the plate as we all are in this crisis.

"But we have to put it into law as well for those one or two people who may not seem their civic duty."

He also suggested the period the measures are in effect for 'may be extended', but said we don't yet know if that will be the case.

Main image: File photo of Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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