Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan resigns as party whip after voting against government rental Bill –

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GREEN PARTY TD Neasa Hourigan has resigned as the party whip after voting against the government’s Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill. 

While she has resigned as the whip, Houigan plans to remain in the party, though this will now be a matter for the parliamentary party to consider.

The bill, known as The Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020, is set to replace the emergency measures that were recently extended until 1 August.

The measures proposed by the bill include protections to renters who have fallen into rent arrears, giving them 28 days to pay owed rent before they can be evicted.

Rent increases for workers who are on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment or Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme will be banned. 

Both of these measures will last until January 2021. 

The Labour Party amendment, which Hourigan supported, aimed to give

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