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Minister must work to see funding for Emerald Housing delivered – Ellis

27 August, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson and TD for Dublin North West, Dessie Ellis, has called on the Minister for Environment to address the failure to provide funding for the Emerald Housing Project in Ballymun. He made his statement after it emerged that despite receiving planning permission, housing association Cluid have been refused CAS funding to provide seven units to house people with disabilities.

Deputy Ellis said;

"This is a very disappointing development that needs to be resolved as soon as possible and if that requires the intervention of the Minister for Environment, he must act swiftly.

“The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has indicated that housing funding is available for people with disabilities. He has alluded to a prioritisation of such housing and now he needs to put his money where his mouth is. It is well and good to make statements and send out press releases, but if the funding doesn't flow to the bodies providing housing then it is meaningless.

“In the case of the Emerald Project in Gateway Crescents Sillogue, Ballymun, seven housing units secured planning permission but have been refused CAS funding from Minister Kelly’s department. Given this revelation, the Minister needs to be forthcoming in releasing funding from his department, or provide an explanation as to why funding was denied.

“The housing crisis has been most severely experienced by those who are marginalised and vulnerable and this particularly true of people living with a disability. The Emerald Project is an important but small step and if the government cannot see it through, then it speaks volumes for their ability to address the wider crisis.”

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