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700 families apply for nine social houses under council’s new letting scheme

14 October, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD


Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has described the hundreds of people who applied for nine social houses that had been advertised on the South Dublin County Council Website as evidence of the country’s housing crisis.

Deputy Crowe said: “At 7.45am this morning, over 700 people had applied for nine houses that had been advertised on the South Dublin County Council website’s Choice Based Letting Scheme.

“The demand for these houses starkly illustrates the crisis we face and shows the desperation of people who simply want a home of their own.

“The facts are, nine into 700 doesn’t go yet somewhat perversely, there are thousands of empty apartments and ghost estates across the country that could be used to reduce the housing waiting list.

“This must serve as a wake-up call for the government who keep telling us there is no housing crisis. It is simply wrong that at a time when we have a glut of unwanted vacant properties, families are still unable to enjoy the basic right of having a roof over their head.” ENDS

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