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834 citizens offer to help Dublin City Council to turn empty buildings into safe homes

4 April, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan


Tonight's Dublin City Council meeting received a pledge from more than 800 residents to help turn empty buildings into safe homes.

Speaking at this evening's Dublin City Council meeting Councillor Daithí Doolan, chair of the housing committee, said;

"This evening I received a petition from housing campaigner Erica Fleming on behalf of Uplift. Erica herself is homeless and has lead a campaign to highlight the plight of her family. 

"The petition is a commitment from over 834 Dublin residents to help Dublin City Council turn vacant buildings in Dublin City into safe homes for homeless people.

"This practical offer includes, cleaning, tiling, painting, woodwork electrical work and gardening.

"This is a very practical sign of solidarity from the good citizens of Dublin.

"Dublin faces an unprecedented housing crisis. Numbers forced into emergency accommodation are increasing on a daily basis. 

“I want to applaud Uplift for taking the initiative. I fully understand that there may be technical difficulties, I will give this my full attention and I hope to turn this solidarity into action and to turn empties houses into homes."

For further comment call Daithí 0863888152

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