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10,000 on council housing list for longer than 4 years- Councillor Daithí Doolan

14 January, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin Dublin City councillor Daithí Doolan has branded as shocking that 10,303 people are on Dublin City Council’s housing list for longer than 4 years.

Doolan said:

"There are 20,682 on Dublin City Council’s housing list. This is truly unacceptable. But what is shocking is the length of time people are left to languish on the housing lists. 10,303 people are on the housing list for longer than 4 years. These figures were released to me in a response to a Council question this week.

“According to the Housing Agency, a minimum of 37,700 housing units, social and private will be required over the next 5 years of which 2 to 3,000 per annum would be expected to be delivered within the Dublin City Council administrative area to achieve overall targets. 

“But only 3,917 new council homes were built by Dublin City Council since 2000. That equals less than 300 homes built each year. This is a drop in the ocean of what is needed. The council has effectively abandoned responsibility to the private sector. This has only deepened the crisis.

"The figures demand immediate action by Dublin City Council and the Department of Environment. There is sufficient zoned and serviced land in Dublin City Council to provide for 9,513 residential units in the short to medium term.In Ballyfermot alone we have land to develop over 2,000 homes. I am proposing that we proceed with the granting of planning permission for City Council land that is zoned for housing. This would ensure plans would be shovel ready for any funding made available by the Department of Environment. This would see real progress made in meeting the needs of the thousands of families waiting to be housed.

"No one doubts this city faces a housing crisis. Dublin City Council has the land; all we need is the political will to allocate funding to build homes to address the crisis."

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