Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan votes against govt on rent freeze for those impacted by Covid-19 – Independent.ie

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan resigned as party whip before she voted against the Government on legislation which only extended the rent freeze and eviction ban for those impacted by Covid-19.

s Hourigan voted in favour of a Labour Party amendment which would have extended the legislation to all tenants.

Junior minister Joe O’Brien also broke ranks with coalition colleagues and abstained from the main vote on the government’s own Bill.

Ms Hourigan confirmed to Independent.ie she resigned as whip before the vote and wrote to her executive council to tell them of her decision.

The Dublin Central TD plans to stay in the party but said it is up to the parliamentary party to decide the next step.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Ms Hourigan said: “I have significant concerns as to the impact of this legislation on levels of homelessness across the State.

“I do not believe it takes into

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