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Minister Coveney must provide funding for Dublin housing programme - Cllr. Daithí Doolan

11 June, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Minister for Environment Simon Coveney is to address the housing crisis at Dublin City Council's meeting on Monday evening.

Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council Housing Committee, said:

"I welcome the opportunity to raise the city's housing crisis directly with the minister. But this cannot be simply a box ticking exercise by the government. 

"Councillors from all parties will be speaking in one voice on Monday night. We will be demanding immediate action to tackle Dublin's housing crisis. 

"I will be looking for three commitments from the minister. Firstly, that the minister will provide adequate funding to Dublin City Council for a home building programme that meets the needs of the 28,000 families on our housing lists. The government now have the fiscal space to provide this funding. It is just a matter of prioritising social housing over bank debt. 

"Secondly, the minister must speed up the procurement process. To date procurement demands have been allowed to bury home building projects in red tape. 

"Thirdly, the minister must remove the €20m ceiling on spending. This ceiling has allowed Custom House bureaucrats to stall essential building programmes for years. An example of this has been the Dominick Street redevelopment project. A viable residential and commercial development has been buried alive by the department. This is unacceptable.

"The government claim to have prioritised tackling the housing crisis. Monday is the first test of that promise.”

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