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Dublin City Council establishess new home building unit - Doolan

29 July, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

It was agreed at today’s special meeting of the Dublin City Council’s housing committee to establish a special unit in city council whose sole focus is to deliver plans to build homes in Dublin.

Speaking after the meeting, Sinn Féin Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of the Dublin City Council’s housing committee, said:

“Today’s meeting was both significant and productive. Dublin City Council aims to deliver more homes than is committed to in the Governments’ Housing Action Plan.  This is necessary to meet the needs of Dublin City where there are 28,000 applicants on the housing list.

“The government’s housing plan is welcome. It has potential, but its targets are too modest and it maintains an over-reliance on the private sector. We aim to change that in Dublin City. We aim to surpass the targets set in the plan.

“We have reached cross-party agreement on how we can squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of the government’s plan. We agreed to establish a special unit in the housing department whose sole focus is to develop plans to deliver housing on council sites.  We agreed, with management, that plans and updates on our home building programme will be presented to city council meetings every month. The initial 20 sites will be ready as soon as possible. If extra resources are needed, they will be made available.

“We want Dublin City Council to be the biggest housing developer in Dublin. To ensure this happens, we will actively seek finance independent of the department to build homes on council land. We want a plan that allows the city council to access funding from the Housing Finance Agency and other financial intuitions. A working model will allow city council to pay back any loan and interest. This allow us to build social and affordable homes and to break the reliance on the private sector.

“Sinn Féin will continue to work with other parties on Dublin City Council to prioritise delivering solutions to the current housing crisis. The current crisis demands solution focused, political leadership and that is what we intend to provide.”

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