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Sinn Féin tables emergency housing motion to Dublin City Council

6 September, 2004

Sinn Féin will table an emergency motion at tonight's meeting of Dublin City Council concerning the proposed sale of City Council flats. Speaking ahead of tonight's meeting Councillor Daithí Doolan, said, "the motion calls on City Council to agree on a programme of consultation with residents before a single flat is sold".

Cllr Doolan said:

"We are currently in a situation where the City Manager John Fitzgerald, has announced that the Council intends to sell off its flats but is waiting on approval from Minister Cullen who has had a report on his desk on the matter for some tiem now. Rather than wait for approval or discuss the matter with local residents and Councillors the City Manager announced his proposal on the national airwaves.

"The sale of 16,500 flats is a huge change in social and public policy and naturally residents will have many concerns and questions to be answered. What this motion does is to ensure that no sale takes place without firstly consulting with City Councillors, residents, residents groups and housing NGOs.

"We must ensure that no sale takes place without first guaranteeing that there is not a reduction in available housing stock and the money from the sales is ring fenced and used to replenish the housing stock. The housing crisis in this city needs a long term integrated approach not short term announcements in the media.

"This is an important motion because it ensures that those effected by the proposed sell off will once again be central to the debate, something the powers that be often choose to forget about." ENDS

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