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Mountjoy St families are victims of Government housing legacy- Cllr Doolan

1 March, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

The four families being forced out of emergency accommodation today in Mountjoy Street are victims of the government’s failed housing policy.

Speaking after meeting the families this morning, Cllr. Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council’s housing committee, said:

“Cllr. Janice Boylan and I meet with three of the families this morning.  We wanted to express solidarity and give our support to the families.

These families are being forced to move out of their accommodation because the landlord has terminated his contract with Dublin City Council. But there is no other suitable accommodation for the families. The families face an uncertain and stressful future. Suitable accommodation must be accessed as a matter of urgency until council housing is provided. We will be meeting Dublin City Council management tomorrow morning with the view to working out a satisfactory solution for these four families. What is clear is that these four Dublin families are the victims of the housing crisis. A crisis that is the legacy of the Fine Gael/Labour Party government.

“Sadly this is just the tip of the ice berg. The long term solution is to build social housing. Dublin City Council has the land but we have been starved of essential funding by consecutive governments. Any new government must prioritise tackling the housing crisis. The first move must be to release funding to Dublin City Council and allow us build houses to the meet the needs of those on our housing list. If not we will be revisiting a Mountjoy Street crisis time and time again.”

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