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South Dublin County Council Housing list Up 32% in 12 Months - Eoin Ó Broin TD

23 October, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West TD Eoin Ó Broin has described as ‘deeply worrying’ a 32% increase in the South Dublin County Council housing list in just 12 months.The list has increased from 5,562 households in September 2016 to 8,181 households in September 2018. Deputy Ó Broin has called on the ‘Council to review its social housing targets in light of the dramatic increase in housing need’.Deputy Ó Broin said:“Last year South Dublin County Council undertook a review of its housing list as part of a Department of Housing country wide review. The Housing Needs Assessment report published by the Department of Housing in September 2016 stated that there were 5,562 households on the South Dublin list.“In a report supplied to elected representatives this month South Dublin County Council have confirmed that the current housing list has increased to 8,181 households as of the end of September.“This is a dramatic 32% increase in just 12 months. Some of these households were on the list before last September and were wrongly removed and then returned. However clearly there is a growing level of need in South Dublin.“The Councils current social housing build and buy programme is nowhere enough to meet this growing demand. At present the Council only has plans to build an additional 352 units across the County up to 2019. “There is also a small amount of house purchasing under way. Approved Housing Bodies are also active in the County but again their level of activity is limited.“South Dublin County Council must urgently review their social housing building targets and bring forward planning permissions across the County to meet this demand."ENDS//

Note: A copy of the 2016 HNA report: https://www.housingagency.ie/Housing/media/Media/Publications/Summary-of-Social-Housing-Assessment-Needs-2016.pdf

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