Nama properties for local authorities ‘doesn’t even scratch the surface’ – Brady
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has been commenting on recent figures released by NAMA to the Committee on Housing and Homelessness.
Teachta Brady said:
“A total of thirty six properties out of 6,637 nationwide are identified as NAMA properties in County Wicklow. Out of these thirty six properties, only seven have been transferred to the local authority to provide homes for people on the housing waiting list. Today, there are over three thousand people on the housing waiting list at Wicklow County Council. Seven houses being provided doesn’t even scratch the surface.
“The Housing Action Plan launched by the Government this week puts in part, a reliance on NAMA to provide houses across the State. However, the housing crisis varies county by county and one solution does not fit all. Even if NAMA transferred all thirty six houses in their possession to the local authority it would have little or no impact on the housing waiting list as it stands. It must be acknowledged that relying on NAMA to provide properties in Wicklow is simply not an option.
“While, NAMA do not hold a significant number of properties in Wicklow and certainly, nowhere near the numbers needed, they do own substantial land parcels in the County. These land parcels need to looked at for their suitability to be developed if we are to provide homes for the three thousand plus on the housing waiting list.
“NAMA need to use the land they hold in Wicklow to develop and build houses on. They cannot be allowed to hold onto land that could be developed in the midst of a housing crisis and when the need for housing is not being met within the County.”