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Independent News wrong on Sinn Féin housing policy - Ellis

19 September, 2014 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has condemned Independent Newspapers for misrepresenting a discussion on recent statements by Dublin City Manager as Sinn Féin policy.

The discussion was relating to the City Manager recently floating the idea of using prefabricated units to deal with the high numbers of people requiring emergency accommodation due to high rents and a shortage of council housing.

Deputy Ellis said;

“The Independent has misrepresented this discussion between members as a statement of support for this idea. It was not. Sinn Féin policy on the social housing crisis is clear.

“The solution to the social housing crisis is a significant long term investment by the state into the provision of social housing. In short we need more houses because that is what has caused all these problems, a shortage of affordable and good quality homes for those who need them.

“In May we released a document detailing how we would spend 1 billion euro from the Strategic Investment Fund to build at least 6600 new homes. We would also establish arms-length housing trusts under Local Authorities in order to better access credit to build more houses.

“The construction of more homes will see rents stabilise across the board and homelessness figures drop.

“The City Manager's proposal discussed in this correspondence is not fully formed and has not been put before any council. Sinn Féin knows that emergency accommodation is at capacity.

“Homelessness groups like Focus and the Peter McVerry Trust have told us that they have never experienced such high demand for their support. We will consider and debate any policy which seeks to address this lack of emergency accommodation but always demand that any solution provides warm, spacious and secure accommodation.”


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