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Morgan slams squalid deal that encourages segregated housing

15 October, 2003

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. called for the repeal of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2003 which has increased the levels of housing segregation.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Housing segregation has been promoted by this government through the inclusion in the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2003 of what was effectively an opt out clause from the Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 for developers opposed to social and affordable housing. This has led to the unacceptable situation whereby some developers are now promoting, as a positive

feature the fact that housing developments have no social and affordable housing. The government's disgraceful actions and squalid deal with developers have contributed to the stigmatisation of those seeking social and affordable housing and Sinn Féin is calling of the immediate repeal the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2002.

"Segregated housing is the source of many of the social problems that have existed in this State for the last 30 years. The segregation of housing based on the class or the income of families has long been discredited and there has been widespread support at all level for integrated housing which represents the best option for the creation of stable communities." ENDS

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