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Minister must not pass the buck on housing crisis – Ellis

27 July, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Speaking in response to the move by Clúid Housing Association to buy NAMA-controlled houses for social housing, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis has welcomed the move on the part of the housing associations but said that this alone could not solve the housing crisis.

Deputy Ellis said:

“I welcome the fact that there will be more units available for social housing through this initiative, however, the Government cannot shirk its responsibility in this matter and leave the provision of social housing to the voluntary sector.

“The voluntary sector does great work but the state has the overall responsibility and capability to provide housing.

“The government must begin to provide a social dividend from NAMA, using the vacant housing stock in its possession to provide units for people who have been waiting a very long time and have been failed time and again by successive governments.

“The Minister promised a radical shift in the approach to housing, if he meant passing the buck to the voluntary sector, it is not good enough.”

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