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Dublin City Council has questions to answer on sell off of City's flats

13 April, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East Daithí Doolan said that there was amazement in the area this morning that Dublin City Council had publicly announced details of their plans to begin to sell off Council flats from this summer without properly notifying residents.

Mr. Doolan was speaking following the announcement by Dublin City Council that from this summer Council flats will be offered for sale to tenants. The first homes on the market will be Weaver Court in the Liberties.

Mr. Doolan said:

"I welcome the fact that tenants of Council flats are to be allowed to buy their homes but there are huge concerns that this scheme has not been thought out properly. There has been almost no consultation with residents. There have been no assurances that this will not involve the wholesale sell off of Council housing to the private sector. And this scheme is being introduced in the absence of a real housing programme to house those already on the waiting list and those who are homeless.

"Given that the Council is not building sufficient houses and they are now proposing to sell off current stock, how on earth are they going to house people in this City in the future.

"It is time that the Council got real on this issue and dealt with peoples concerns."ENDS

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