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Government must provide fully funding mixed tenure estates - Mary Lou McDonald TD

7 September, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald, speaking in relation to the agreement between the Government and Dublin City Council on the development of O”Devaney Gardens has said Sinn Féin Councillors argued and secured the maximum possible amount of social and affordable units to be delivered in the development.

However Deputy McDonald said Sinn Féin’s preference is for mixed tenure estates with social, affordable rental and affordable sale, delivered fully by the Council and funded fully by the State.

Speaking today the Dublin Central TD said;

“The Public Private Partnership model is not Sinn Féin’s preferred model of social housing delivery and I would certainly not like to see this type of model becoming the norm.

“Sinn Féin wants mixed tenure estates with social, affordable rental and affordable sale, delivered fully by the council and funded fully by the state.

“However, it was made clear to us that the minister was not willing to fund this type of approach.

“My colleague, Councillor Janice Boylan and the Sinn Féin team then set about negotiating the maximum possible delivery of social and affordable units within the model that the minister was prepared to fund and they managed to increase the amount of these homes from zero to 50% of the development, bringing about the development of 300 social and affordable homes.

“That is a good return in such circumstances however the minister and the government must act and provide fully funded mixed tenure estates as a matter of urgency.”

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