TD Fergus O'Dowd has spoken his disappoint regarding the majority of Louth being excluded from the new designated 'Rent Pressure Zones'.
"I'm extremely disappointed by yesterdays decision by the Department of Housing, to overlook Drogheda and the greater Louth area on the list of newly designated Rent Pressure Zone's. I have been in contact with Minister Coveneys office directly, the Department of Housing, the Residential Tenancies Board, The Housing Agency and the ESRI. I'm currently awaiting reports on the methodology used to decide the chosen areas. I completely disagree that Drogheda and other areas of Louth have not being included as a Rent Pressure Zone."
"Rents have never been higher in the Drogheda and the greater Louth area, and only last year County Louth was recognised by the Department as having some of the highest rents in Ireland and as such the County was administered a Commuter Rate of Housing Assistance Payments that acknowledges the severe rental increases and prices that have taken place. The ability to pay the rents has clearly not been taken into account when making this decision."
"I will be raising the issue in the Dail next week to designate the RPZ to County Louth with immediate effect. There are estates in the Drogheda area that will have certain houses in the RPZ while their neighbours will not, how can this be justified by any methodology that has been used. That is totally unacceptable and needs to be adjusted immediately. Many of my constituents in the East Meath area have been in contact with me today to relay their relieve at being included in the new zoning, and I certainly welcome the South Drogheda and East Meath area being included."