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Doolan demands consultation with residents on proposals to sell Council flats

23 February, 2004


Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East Daithí Doolan, speaking today from City Hall where City Council is hosting an information session on the proposed sale of Council flats demanded that consultation with residents and the overall need to tackle the housing crisis be brought centre stage. He said 'Residents must have a say in decisions that are being taken about their own homes not merely invited to information sessions.'

Mr. Doolan said:

"The sale of council flats is a major project and it must not happen without full consultation with tenants, Councillors and NGOs. Major mistakes were made in the sale of council property in England when Thatcher had her way in the 1980s. We must guard against similar mistakes being repeated in Dublin.

"City Council cannot commence the sale of peoples homes without prior consultation. Residents need to have a say in decisions that are being taken about their own homes not merely invited to information sessions. I will be contacting the City Manager about this matter and seeking immediate clarification.

"Sinn Féin will ensure that in any sale of Council property the needs of tenants and those on housing lists are the centre of any process.

In Dublin City housing lists are increasing daily as house prices and private rents continue to rise and homelessness is a growing reality, so we need to ensure that plans being brought forward are aimed at addressing this crisis. It is up to us to avoid any short term sell off which only contributes to this city's problems."ENDS

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