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Modular housing is part of overall housing strategy for Dublin-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

15 September, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

The proposal to build modular housing must be seen as part of the solution to the housing crisis in Dublin. The long term solution is a local authority programme that meets the demands of those on our housing lists.

 Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council’s housing committee said:

 “Having spent this morning visiting six examples of modular housing and discussing the issue with suppliers, fellow councillors, local authority officials and homeless agencies I have no problem is supporting the proposal as part of an overall strategy to tackle homelessness in Dublin.

 “Putting families in hotels and B&Bs is unacceptable and unsustainable. We must be solution focused and imaginative in our response to the current crisis in Dublin. The homes I saw today meet all the required building and environmental standards.

 “I would ask the Minister for Environment, Alan Kelly, to introduce legislation that allows local authorities to speed up the procurement process to allow Dublin City Council to move quickly on the proposal.

 “I will be calling on Dublin City Council to process with identifying sites, negotiate funding from the department of environment and commence planning as quickly as possible. The sooner we move people out of emergency accommodation the better for families.

 “But this is not the long term solution. Mister Kelly and his Government must release funding to allow Dublin City Council build social housing as soon as possible.

 “The three sites submitted yesterday, Dominick Street, Sackville Avenue and Belcamp must be given the green light by next Monday. This is the test of promises made by Minister Kelly at last week’s all party meeting.”

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