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ESRI report underlines need for government action on housing-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

10 March, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Today's ESRI report underlines the need for immediate government action on housing.

Responding to today's ESRI report 

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

"This report is damning of government's inaction on housing. Current laissez faire policy has led to the people of Dublin being held to ransom by the private sector. Private developers have failed to provide housing for people, instead according to the report developers may be hoarding land in an attempt to force the price of property up. It is also clear developers have used the current housing crisis as an excuse to drive down apartment standards. This unacceptable behaviour must be challenged.

"The private sector is not the solution to Dublin's housing crisis but part of the problem. The incoming government must loosen the purse strings and make funding available to local authorities to build homes on council land. It is shocking that council land banks lie dormant while thousands languish on our housing lists or remain abandoned in hotels and B&Bs.

"We do not need any more reports. We need immediate government action. Tackling Dublin's housing crisis must be a priority for the incoming government."

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