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Council slammed for sitting on empty apartments

10 April, 2010

South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has slammed Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for sitting on 102 empty apartments while thousands desperately await to be housed.

Mr Tracey called on the council to release the apartments to social housing and said it is ridiculous that the Council would keep these units empty while thousands of people await social housing.

Speaking today Mr. Tracey said:

“A report in today’s Irish Times has revealed that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is in possession of 50 one bed apartments and 52 two bed apartments which were purchased for use in the affordable housing scheme but which have not sold.

“These units could be costing the Council anything up to and possibly beyond €100,000 a month to keep empty. That is a disgrace. It is ridiculous that the Council would abuse taxpayers money in that manner, especially when there are thousands of families desperately waiting to be housed by the Council.

“The Council should immediately move to release these houses to social housing under the Rental Accommodation Scheme. At least then the rent from the tenants would cover the Council’s costs and over one hundred housing applicants will have been housed.” ENDS

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