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Sinn Féin throw down gauntlet to Minister Coveney on Housing – Doolan

13 June, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin Cllr Daithí Doolan, chair of the Dublin City Council housing committee, challenged Minister Simon Coveney, who was in attendance of tonight's Dublin City Council meeting, to release the necessary funding needed by DCC to make use of the land already zoned in order to help bring an end to the housing crisis in the city.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr. Doolan said:

“This government claims to have prioritised housing. For the people of Dublin, tonight's meeting is a test of that commitment. The time for promises is over; it is now time for action.

“Dublin city has enough land to end the housing crisis. We have land zoned for 53,600 housing units. We have major housing plans to provide 30% social housing, cost rental, affordable and private housing. Funding is the essential missing piece of the jigsaw. If the Minister made funding available, this city could end the housing crisis in 18 months. 

“Government bureaucracy continues to stop the development of housing in Dublin. For example, the €20m ceiling on spending and the procurement process has blocked the Dominick St. redevelopment.

“Rhetoric & election promises do not build housing. We have the plans. What we now need is the funding. Minister Coveney must release that funding now.” 

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