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Average Waiting Time for Council House in Clondalkin/Lucan – 9 Years- Cllr Eoin Ó Broin

1 December, 2014

Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has described as ‘unacceptable’ the 9 year waiting list for council houses in Clondalkin and Lucan. The figures were released by the Council to Cllr Ó Broin at the November Clondalkin Area Committee. They show that over the past 12 months the average waiting time for a 1, 2 and 3 bed council house was 9 years. The figures show that the average waiting time on the priority list was between 1 and 2 years.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘Families on the South Dublin housing list now have to wait 9 years before they can expect an allocation in Clondalkin or Lucan.

‘Families willing to take properties in Tallaght can expect shorter waiting times.

‘This situation is totally unacceptable. This is the main reason why we have a housing crisis.

‘The responsibility for this failure lies with central government not the Council.

‘Since 2008 funding for building new Council houses had been cut by 90%, first by Fianna Fáil and then by Fine Gael and Labour.

‘Last week’s Social Housing Strategy announced by Minister Alan Kelly will do little in the short term to address this crisis.

‘When Fine Gael and Labour took office the government was spending €800m a year on social housing. Since then they have cut this back to €600m.

‘In it’s much hyped housing plan launched last month the Government is promising to invest an extra €200m a year for three years before cutting the total spend on social housing back to €400m for three years.

‘This is not a major investment in social housing. It will not even reverse the cuts introduced to date by Fine Gael and Labour.

‘This is simply not good enough. If Councils are to provide the housing that homeless families and those on the waiting list need now then the level of investment needs to be substantially higher.

‘The Government is hoping that the private sector will step in and provide additional funds to meet peoples housing needs. This is a reckless strategy.

‘During the 1950s Government built 10,000 council houses a year for 10 years. In the 1970s it built12, 000 houses a year for 10 years.

‘This is how you tackle our housing crisis. We urgently need state led investment in our housing stock. Unfortunately Fine Gael and Labour, despite all the spin and hype, appear not to be interested in the tackling the housing crisis. The result will be more homeless families in the run up to Christmas’

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