Coronavirus: State could acquire rental properties left in lurch by crisis, Martin says – The Irish Times

Properties that have seen tenancy agreements or short-term letting arrangements go “by the wayside” during the coronavirus crisis could be acquired by the State, the Fianna Fáil leader has said.

Micheál Martin also said the tourism and hospitality sector will need “specific, targeted” attention to help it recover after the crisis.

Mr Martin on Wednesday updated his Senators and MEPs during a teleconference on the pandemic and attempts to form a government with Fine Gael and others.

He said talks were continuing between the Civil War parties, with another meeting expected on Friday about a framework document setting out how such a government could work. It is envisaged that smaller parties would then be approached about potentially joining them.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have 72 seats between them, eight short of the bare majority of 80 TDs needed. Both parties are hoping that a small party and some Independents

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