The European Commission is blocking funding for Dublin's social housing- Cllr Daithí Doolan
The European Commission is blocking funding for Dublin's social housing. This claim was made at today's European Capitals Mayors conference in Amsterdam.
Speaking at the conference, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee, said:
"The housing crisis has become a European problem with 25% of the EU population at risk of social exclusion. Unfortunately the European Commission is working on limiting the ability of cities, like Dublin, to deal with the housing crisis.
"Dublin wants to work with the capital cities of Europe in demanding a derogation from the EU Commission to allow Dublin City Council access funding to build social and affordable housing. Current EU regulations only serve to strait jacket local authorities and denies us the ability to borrow essential funds for housing.
"Dublin city has land zoned for over 50,000 homes. These land banks lie derelict while over 1,500 Dublin children remain homeless. It is unacceptable that 28,000 families languish on the city's housing list while land remains empty. With the correct political will and adequate funding we can make our housing crisis history."