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Not a single social housing unit built in Dublin during April, May and June 2015 – Cllr Chris Andrews

3 December, 2015

Sinn Féin candidate in the Dublin Bay South constituency for the next general election, and Dublin City Councillor, Chris Andrews has this afternoon described as "absolutely shocking" figures released by the Department of Environment showing that not a single social housing unit was built in Dublin during Quarter two of 2015.

Cllr. Andrews said:

“During what is the worst housing and homelessness crisis in the history of the State, the clear fact that not a single social housing unit was built in the entire county of Dublin for three months - inclusive of all four Dublin local authority areas - is quite frankly absolutely shocking."

We have long reached crisis point. Figures for September showing that there are now 1,571 children and 3,428 adults across the Dublin region in emergency accommodation and those figures are only getting worse due to the Government's persistent inaction. 

Since December of last year homelessness has increased by 80 per cent across the State and the number of children who are homeless has doubled."

“The Department of Environment's figures show beyond doubt that the countless promises of adequate funding and resources being made available by Minister Alan Kelly to local authorities to build houses again are not materialising and are clearly being broken. 

The Minister has talked a lot about various housing reports and taskforces, but what we haven't seen is any actual action". 

“The Government promised to build 1,000 social housing units across the State this year - a figure that is ridiculously low in itself, but would of course be welcome. It’s clear at this point that even that paltry target is not going to be even close to being met.”

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