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City manager must take the views of the residents into account - Doolan

16 November, 2004

Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan, has said that the City Manager, Mr. John Fitzgerald, must take the views of the residents into account when deciding to sell off almost 16,500 council flats. Councillor Doolan was speaking in advance of a conference to discuss the controversial proposals which will be held in the city today.

Speaking in Dublin today he said:

"I welcome the announcement today of a conference to be held to discuss proposals to sell off local authority flats in the city. For too long council policy has been debated through the media. The first time my colleagues and I heard of these proposals was on the front page of a national newspaper. This will be our first opportunity to discuss the council's policy on the future of public housing in Dublin.

Any shift in housing policy will have grave consequences for local authority housing therefore the City Manager must take the views of the residents into account before making a decision to sell off 16,500 council flats. The sale of the flats must not go ahead before there is full consultation with local residents, tenant and housing Associations and Public Representatives. Only after such consultation can a fair decision be made.

Local authorities have a direct responsibility to house those living in their areas, therefore Sinn Féin will be demanding that any money raised from the sale of local authority flats be kept in the local authority, ring-fenced and matched by Government funding to provide housing to replace every unit that is sold." ENDS

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