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Shocking figures confirm lack of government commitment to affordable housing

3 September, 2004


Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan has this morning questioned the government's commitment to affordable housing in the state. It has emerged that only 163 affordable houses were built last year whilst there were 69,000 private houses and apartments were built during the same period.

Councillor Doolan said that the government were "failing whole communities" and that they needed to "revert to the original Part V of the Planning Act which guaranteed 20% of all private developments would contain social and affordable housing".

Speaking today, Cllr Doolan said,

"These latest shocking figures highlight the governments failure to provide adequate numbers of affordable and social houses. That only 163 such houses were built last year, compared to 69,000 private houses is further confirmation that this government is not interested in providing social and affordable housing to those who most require it.

"The current housing statistics proves that Fianna Fail remain the builders party, a party taking direction from private developers and not the people who elect them. While profits sore people are being squeezed by a government who choose to look the other way and an industry more focused on profit than people. The government have the tools to change this.

"Builders are allowed to simply buy their way out of their obligations.The government must rectify this and revert to the pre- 2002 Part V clause, whereby builders are obliged to give 20% of their new developments over to social and affordable housing. If this was to be done it would transform the housing situation and give hope to those people currently languishing on housing lists and those being squeezed out of the market.

"That 130,000 people are still on housing waiting lists in the state after many years of a booming economy is an appalling indictment of the present government and their housing policies.

"Sinn Féin is calling upon the government to adequately address the housing crisis within the state, and specifically within Dublin. This government by its inaction on the issue is failing whole communities. There is an urgent need to revert to the original Part V of the Planning Act which guaranteed 20% of all private developments would contain social and affordable housing. There is also an onus on the government to provide proper and adequate funding to local authorities for the construction of new homes". ENDS

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