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Minister Kelly should support better housing standards- Cllr Daithí Doolan

16 June, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor Daithí Doolan has sharply criticised Minister Kelly’s attack on, “the higher building standards in Dublin City”.

Speaking today as a member of the Housing Strategic Policy Committee in Dublin City Council, Cllr Doolan said:

“Dublin City Council introduced housing standards that are more comprehensive and higher than the government’s own standards. This is because we want to make our city family friendly and somewhere people want to choose to live.

"Minister Kelly’s statement simply undermines these standards and plays right into the hands of the developers who are now holding the residents of Dublin hostage. We will not be bullied into lowering our building standards to simply bank roll those who bankrupt the economy.

“Councillors realised that when building eventually commences in the city the vast majority of these new dwellings will be apartments and these need to be of a high standard.

“We must not replicate previous mistakes and we must stay clear of any Priory Hall type developments.

“New homes need to sustainable and safe for all tenants and unfortunately we have yet to reap the benefits of these new standards due to the economic crash and the dearth of housing construction in the city.

“Minister Kelly should defend and seek to extend these standards and start providing the funding he promised to build more houses.”

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