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Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors raise issue of water charges for RAS tenants

17 October, 2014

The Sinn Féin councillors, who form part of the Dublin City Council housing strategic policy committee, have raised the issue of the effect of the non-payment of water charges for Rental Authority Scheme (RAS) tenants who fall the remit of Dublin City Council.

 Speaking today, after the committee meeting, Councillor Ní Dhálaigh, Chair of the Strategic Policy Committee on Housing said:

 “RAS is supposed to offer citizens a secure tenancy and the uncertainty over the effect of the non- payment of water charges makes tenants feel uneasy. We have asked the City Manager to clarify the position of tenants under such agreements and he has agreed to get back to us.”

 Councillor Ní Dhálaigh also called for sub-group to be established to examine and address the serious issue of the current sub-standard housing stock managed by DCC.

 “This sub-committee will have a particular focus on the flat complexes in desperate need of refurbishment and we will seek to source additional funding in order to bring that accommodation up to standard.”

 “In relation to DCC investment in social housing, we welcome the City Manager’s confirmation that that it is examining the possibility of establishing a municipal housing body. Sinn Féin has long called for an independent Municipal Housing Trust to be established to develop a housing programme to meet the housing needs of this city.”

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