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Affordable housing scheme a sick joke

6 August, 2004

Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin's Michael Nolan has described the County Councils first venture into the area of affordable housing as a "sick joke" saying it will do nothing to assist those most in need of housing.

Mr. Nolan said, "Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has one of the worst records in providing social housing in the country and to add insult to injury they have now launched a scheme of so-called affordable housing with prices ranging from €200,000 to €345,000. For whom are these properties 'affordable'? Certainly not the thousands of people who make up the Councils chronic housing list.

"It is clear from this scheme that the Councils housing policies are still being dictated by the market. €345,000 is already the average cost of a three bed-roomed house in the capital. A so-called €50,0000 reduction on the cost of an apartment that is already excessively overpriced and out of the reach of most people is meaningless.

"I have no doubt that this scheme will be oversubscribed and the Council willhale it as a great success but the reality is that it will only be a reflection of the desperation of many, many people in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown to own a home in the community they come from.

"This scheme will not prevent people over stretching themselves in terms of mortgage repayments. It will not address the chronic shortage of social housing in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Down and will not help in reducing over all costs of housing in the county. It is nothing more than a sick joke and an excuse for a council that has singularly failed in meeting the housing needs of its people."


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