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Minister caught selling a pup on modular homes – Ó Broin

12 April, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Responding to tonight's RTE report that the final cost of modular homes in Dublin could be €243,000, Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has said that it is simply staggering to see just how badly the Department of the Environment and Minister Alan Kelly got it wrong. His comments come after reports emerge this evening that Dublin City Council has sought an additional €500,000 on top of the initial figure of €4,700,000 to pay for an order of 22 units that were meant to be completed in January this year. The unit price would now stand at €243,000.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“Reports have emerged tonight that Dublin City Council requested an additional €500,000 in addition to the initial contract cost of €4,700,000 for the provision of the modular housing units that were meant to be completed in January of this year. This means that the 22 units could end up costing €243,000 apiece. This is substantially more than councils would pay to purchase existing housing stock. This has been nothing but an expensive PR exercise.

“It is staggering to see just how badly the Department of the Environment and Minister Alan Kelly got it wrong when it came to modular housing. Far from being a low-cost, speedy alternative to building housing, modular housing has turned into a fiasco. The Minister and his officials have sold the Council and the people a pup, plain and simple.

“Sinn Féin is not opposed to modular housing as a short term alternative to unsuitable hotel and B&B accommodation for homeless families. However, if the final cost of the Dublin City modular units is over €200,000, the question has to be asked why the Minister didn’t allow the Council to buy already built homes at the same price and provide people with permanent homes.

“The only solution to the housing crisis is for Councils to be given the funds to build and buy social and affordable housing. Sinn Féin launched a document before Christmas that identified how 100,000 units could be built over the course of two Dáil terms.” 

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