Sinn Féin’s Dublin spokesperson on Housing Councillor Criona Ní Dhálaigh has tonight stopped, a land grab of City Council land.
Speaking during tonight's housing debate, Ni Dhálaigh said:
"This city is facing a housing crisis of unprecedented proportions. The manager’s proposal amounts to nothing more than a land grab. It does not offer any solution only more of the same. The report reads like a private developers charter. There is no guarantee in this report that there will be any Local Authority housing built on this land.
“Sinn Féin will not support a return to the bad old days of private developers getting council land while thousands languish on housing lists.
"We need a major house building programme for Dublin. This reports highlights the land banks in Dublin. Sinn Féin wants good quality homes built on this land. We want sustainable communities to flourish and our housing crisis solved.
"If this report went out unchallenged this land could be lost to private developers forever.
"Sinn Féin has proposed that an independent City Housing Trust be established to develop a housing programme to meet the housing needs of this city. The trust will be allowed to borrow money from the EU to fund this programme."