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Fingal Sinn Féin express a cautious welcome for modular housing proposal- Cllr Donnelly

21 September, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has said that the Sinn Féin group on Fingal County Council have expressed a cautious welcome for the proposal for modular housing to deal with the housing crisis.

Cllr Donnelly said:

 “I visited the site in East Wall this week to look at the various modular housing units and to assess their suitability for dealing with the social housing and homeless crisis”.

“Whilst I was impressed with the quality of three of the units, I did not believe that the other three would be suitable for medium term housing. The quality of one in particular was very poor”.

“I have consulted with the rest of the Fingal Sinn Féin group and we have each expressed a number of concerns in relation to using modular housing for medium terms housing”.

“There are a number of questions that would need to be addressed before we make a final decision to support their use”.

“We will be consulting with the many families and the council to try to get as much feedback from people who will most likely be living in them and what their fears, hopes and concerns would be”

“Our primary concerns would be around how “temporary” these units would be and the fears that they would become an easy, cheap and quick solution to the broader social housing issue”.

“We are also concerned about the quality of the sites that have been identified by Fingal County Council, how many units, how will they be managed and where will they be sited”.“We acknowledge the positive response from some in homeless accommodation along with a number of agencies working with homeless families. Consultation is now key to moving forward and we urge the Council to ensure Councillors are kept informed throughout the process”. 

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