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Housing funding welcome, but Minister Kelly misses the point- Cllr Doolan

23 July, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

Cllr Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council’s Housing policy committee has stated that today’s announcement by the Department of Environment of funding for social housing in Dublin is welcome but that Minister Kelly is totally missing the point.

Cllr Doolan said:

“I welcome any funding towards providing housing in Dublin and I'm sure when it is released it will go some way towards easing the housing crisis in the city.

“However Minister Kelly continues to miss the point.

“What needs to be made clear is that none of this money is for building local authority housing.

“This funding will not go towards meeting the homeless services funding shortfall of €18.5 in Dublin city.

“Therefore the release of €24,884,900 in funding for social housing here in Dublin is nothing new.

“Minister Kelly announced several times his intention to release €3.8bn for social housing. But not one penny of then money has been allocated to Dublin City Council to build housing.

“This government is attempting to starve us of much needed funding.   

“Despite all the spin and press announcements the minister remains silent on the homeless crisis here in Dublin.

“He has yet to meet with City Councillors to discuss the shortfall in funding for homeless services.

“We are plunging deeper and deeper in a homeless crisis yet the minister is more interested in sound bites and press statements rather than working on solutions with us.

“This Government would be better off releasing funding to Dublin City Council to provide homeless services and to fund a building programme rather than spinning its way deeper in to a housing crisis.”

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