Deputy Dowds’ comments misinformed- Cllr Ó Broin
Speaking in response to Deputy Dowds Sinn Féin councillor Eoin Ó Broin said:
'I welcome Deputy Dowds newfound interest in the housing crises in Clondalkin. Unfortunately as usual he has got his facts wrong.
Sinn Féin fully supports the Councils new social housing strategy. In fact we have been calling on central Government to release extra funding to enable the Council to build even more social housing than the current plan allows.
'Unfortunately due to Government cuts to social housing funding, which Deputy Dowds voted for, South Dublin County Council has been unable to build a single house since Fine Gael and Labour took office.
'Sinn Féin has called for the proposed development at Letts Field to be reduced from 48 houses to 20 to ensure that the much used football pitch and local amenity is retained. We also want to ensure that the newly build special autism unit in St Peter Apostles school is not unduly affected by any development
'My understanding is that this is also the position of Deputy Dowds Labour colleague on the Council.
'Sinn Féin has also proposed that the units lost from Letts Field must added to the proposed development close to Kilcarberry and Old Church so that there is no reduction in the overall number of new social houses for Clondalkin.
'We took this view after extensive consultation with the local community and the affected schools.
'The cause of the current housing and homeless rises lies squarely with the Government. They have refused to adequately fund social housing and emergency homeless accommodation. They have refused to act on rising home repossessions and spiralling rents. This is why our housing and homeless lists are out of control.