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Murphy criticises 'useless' contributions from Fianna Fáil

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has accused Fianna Fáil of trying to undermine the confidence and supply deal underpinning the Government andsaid the party’s new housing spokesman was making “useless” contributions to national debate.

Mr Murphy was reacting to comments from Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien, who suggested Mr Murphy’s background, as well as that of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, prevented them from taking serious measures to tackle the housing crisis.

“I couldn’t think of a more useless contribution to the national debate on housing and homelessness. This is a very serious issue. I have the responsibility to fix this crisis, to fix the shortage.

“The Government has the responsibility to fix this and we are fixing this. Fianna Fáil’s only experience in housing has been to break things. To break our housing sector, to break our construction industry and to break our economy.

“And now because they have nowhere else to go they are making personal attacks.”

Mr Murphy said Fianna Fáil supports the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland plan, and was asked if Mr O’Brien’s comments made it more difficult to work with him ahead of the October budget.

“What is happening here is very obvious. Fianna Fáil are trying to undermine the confidence and supply agreement. We have had a number of their frontbench spokespeople come out and say they don’t want to extend the confidence and supply agreement, about not even being sure if we can make it to the budget.”

The deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is the basis for the minority Government led by Mr Varadkar and effectively concludes after the budget. The deal includes the passing of the finance and social welfare bills which give effect to budgetary measures.

“The country wants stability. What I need to do my job is stability. I need the time and the resources that I have and that have been made ava ilable to me to put them into continued work to drive the solutions that we have, which have shown results in 2017,”Mr Coveney said.

“That needs stability. It needs the support of Fianna Fáil and it needs an extension to the confidence and supply agreement, which would like to see on the Fine Gael side.

“What you are seeing now from some spokespeople in Fianna Fáil is an attempt to undermine all that and I think that’s very dangerous.”

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