New figures show rents continue to rise.

The Tánaiste appears to be ruling out the introduction of rent control saying it would be constitutionally difficult.

New figures show rents continuing to rise – up 10% in Dublin in a year – though some slowdown in the increase is emerging.

Joan Burton says the best way to stop rents rising is to build more homes and allow for negotiation of longer tenancies.

The Tánaiste says introducing rent control may not be possible.

“There are constitutional issues around rent control” she said.

“The Attorney General and I have a number of people looking at the issue. But there were several cases before the courts, quite some time ago, where the courts deemed the kind of rent control frameworks that you see in other European countries unconstitutional in terms of interference with property rights in Ireland” she added.