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Housing plan ‘ignores reality of Dublin crisis’ - Doolan

20 July, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan


Dublin City Council Sinn Féin Cllr. Daithí Doolan has said that Simon Coveney's housing Plan “ignores the reality of Dublin's housing crisis”.

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

“Minister Simon Coveney’s housing plan fails to tackle the housing crisis in Dublin. The plan was a missed opportunity. The housing plan is overly dependent on the private rented sector. The private rented sector has become a gateway to homeless, particularly in Dublin where rents are very high and tenants enjoy little protection.

“While increased rent allowance under HAP is welcome, it will only serve to privatise the crisis. The promise to further roll out rapid build housing is an admission that the plan may not deliver as promised. The government need to move away from rapid build housing towards more sustainable housing.

“Dublin City has over 28,000 applicants on our housing lists. What we need is an adequate building programme to meet the needs of these families. Dublin City Council has agreed on 3 major developments; Oscar Traynor, O'Devaney Gardens, and St Michael’s estate. We need a specific commitment from the Minister on funding for these developments. The proposed developments for these sites will ensure a mix-tenure with 30% social housing, cost rental, affordable and private housing.

“This is a new way of developing housing. The plan gave the minister an opportunity to support these developments. We have the land, the plans and the cross party commitment. The missing piece in the jig saw was government funding. Of the €5b committed in the plan, none has been directed towards these ground breaking developments.

“I am convening a special meeting of the housing committee next week to discuss the plan and to squeeze every drop of opportunity out of the housing plan.” 

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