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Daft report highlights the need for more building- Cllr Sarah Holland

11 May, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Sinn Féin Cllr Sarah Holland has today welcomed the publication of the Daft quarterly report, which highlights in stark terms the need for more social housing builds.

Cllr Holland said

“This report is an excellent indicator of where we are in the housing market.  It is apparent that we are falling far short of what we need to be doing, which is building more houses.

There are almost 8,000 people on the housing list in South Dublin, and over 200 families or individuals presented themselves to the homeless unit during the month of April alone.

The Rathfarnham area has planned just 70 new homes, with none in Terenure.

Minister Alan Kelly has launched his housing strategy twice now, but the reliance on the private sector is an extreme folly – aside from the obvious problems with unregulated private landlords, this report shows that rental properties are decreasing in availability, and increasing in price.

Not a week goes by without someone coming to my clinic to report an eviction so that the landlord can sell, or complaining that they have been given an eviction notice and cannot get another landlord to accept their rent allowance.

Fine Gael and Labour are destroying the fabric of our society, and nowhere is this more evident than here in Dublin.

The housing crisis is being swept under the carpet.  The Government needs to take decisive action and start ploughing money into building homes rather than to private landlords.”

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