Lack of political action is adding to Limerick’s housing crisis

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleFree condoms campaign to encourage safe sexNext articleListen: The Last Post with Andrew Carey February 16, 2019 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print NewsHousingPoliticsLack of political action is adding to Limerick’s housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – February 13, 2019 1363 Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Limerick Sinn Fein TD Maurice QuinlivanWITH the latest figures from Daft.ie showing that rent prices in Limerick City are now 16.7 per cent higher than last year, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has called on Housing Minster Eoghan Murphy to introduce rent certainty in the local market.“Renters in Limerick are continuing to see their rents spiral out of control, as Fine Gael refuse to take radical action to address the problem. Limerick has been particularly hard hit with huge rent increases. The average rent in Limerick City is now € €1,171 per month, a 16.7 per cent increase on the same time last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is not a sustainable. How on earth are working people looking to rent in Limerick City supposed to afford such an increase in rent in one year?” Deputy Quinlivan asked.“The Minister’s failure to get to grips with the crisis in the rental sector continues to heap pressure on struggling renters and effectively locks low-income earners out of the rental market. We know Rent Certainty alone will not resolve the issue of high rents. It will, however, put a break on the unaffordable rent increases that thousands of people are facing.“The huge increase in rents coupled with a severe shortage of homes to rent and buy is exacerbating the housing crisis,” he claimed.Meanwhile, Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan stated this week that she believes homelessness can be ended by legal and practical action.Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’SullivanThe former Housing Minister insists that if the ideals of the Democratic Programme are to be fulfilled 100 years after its publication, then all barriers to housing must be removed.According to Deputy O’Sullivan, the ideals adopted by the first Dáil 100 years ago are a challenge that we are now in a position to rise to.“Ireland is now a developed nation; we have worked our way out of the worst economic disaster since the foundation of the State; there is wealth but this is not shared equally and many of the children in our State are living in poverty, some are homeless, some haven’t got the most basic right of knowing their own identity.“With political will, we can now chart a course to address the needs of all our children. Nearly 4,000 of them are without a secure roof over their heads.“Between November 2017 and November 2018, there has been a 14 per cent rise in child homelessness.“Last week at the Raise the Roof conference, architect Mel Reynolds pointed out that there is enough Local Authority owned land, zoned for housing, to build 50,000 units of accommodation nationally, 30,000 of those in the Dublin area.  What is missing is the will and drive from Government.“In the Labour Party, we have presented detailed costed proposals for 80,000 social and affordable homes to be built over five years. That is the scale of what is needed and delivery at present falls very far short of that.“Labour has also steered a Bill through the Dáil which is now stalled in committee that would oblige Housing Authorities and the state to prioritise the interests of the child and to assist families, including providing them with safe accommodation.“We can end child homelessness by legal and practical action. As long as the will is there,” she concluded. Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Twitter Email Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Subsidize 70% Wages From PM CARES Fund : 11 MSMEs Move SC Against Direction To Pay Full Wages During Lockdown [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesSubsidize 70% Wages From PM CARES Fund : 11 MSMEs Move SC Against Direction To Pay Full Wages During Lockdown [Read Petition] Nilashish Chaudhary27 April 2020 6:41 AMShare This – xAnother petition has been filed in Supreme Court challenging Government advisories and orders asking private employers to retain their employees and pay them full wages during the operation of the nationwide lockdown.The petitioners, 11 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), have moved the Top Court specifically against the advisory notified by the Secretary (Labour & Employment)…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAnother petition has been filed in Supreme Court challenging Government advisories and orders asking private employers to retain their employees and pay them full wages during the operation of the nationwide lockdown.The petitioners, 11 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), have moved the Top Court specifically against the advisory notified by the Secretary (Labour & Employment) on March 20 and clause (iii) of the order notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on March 29 for being violative of Articles 14 and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution.To this end, it has been prayed that private employers be relieved of paying 70% of each employee’s wages, and the Centre be directed to subsidize this amount and pay workers 70% of their wages by using funds collected through Government schemes such as the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) or the PM CARES Fund.Direct the “respondents to subsidize the wages of workers to the tune of 70% for lockdown period by utilizing the funds collected by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) or the PM Cares Fund or through any other Government Fund / Scheme”, urges the plea.The petitioners, represented by advocate Jeetender Gupta, buttress their contention by arguing that the Government does not have the power to impose any financial obligations on the private establishments by invoking the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (DMA). It is the Government’s obligation to ensure the same under Article 43 of the Constitution. It is thus suggested that the Government may invoke its powers under Sections 46, 47, 65 and 66 of DMA to raise and direct funds and resources towards mitigation of the emergency. The onus to compensate workers is on the Government, which cannot be shifted upon employers in the private sector, asserts the plea.Highlighting their grievance, the petitioners iterate that the Chief Secretary of Haryana circulated the March 29 to all concerned authorities in the State, on the same date, for necessary action to be taken. Registered under the MSME Development Act, 2006, all 11 of these Companies affirm that they have at least one of their factories/work place in the state of Haryana. Therefore, the Order has caused them ‘extreme financial and mental stress’.”The Petitioners have already paid the wages to all workers including for the month of March 2020. On one hand, the business of the Petitioners has come to a stand still due to lock down and on the other hand the Petitioners are being compelled under the Impugned Notifications to pay for the wages to workers for entire lockdown period. The Petitioners are being further restrained from reducing their workforce especially the casual or contract or migrant workers. The Petitioners are under extreme financial & mental stress because of the Impugned Notifications.”The effect of these notifications is such that “an otherwise stable and solvent industrial establishment, especially an MSME establishment, can be forced into insolvency and loss of control of business”, assert the petitioners.Thus, alluding to the said notifications as arbitrary, illegal, irrational and unreasonable, the petitioner seeks the same to be declared ultra vires Articles 14 and 19(1)(g)of the Constitution.This is the latest in a slew of petitions which have challenged the Government notifications. The first company to approach the Court with their grievance, Maharashtra-based Nagreeka Exports, decided to withdraw its plea with a view to avoid any conflicting submissions with subsequent petitions. However, the Apex Court earlier in the day heard similar pleas filed by companies from Punjab and Karnataka and asked the government to place on record its policy regarding the application of the said notification in two weeks.Click here to download petitionRead PetitionSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more