Dublin City Council housing list increases by 954 in 2016 - Cllr. Daithí Doolan
Dublin City Council’s housing list has increased by 954 applicants since January 2016. According to the latest housing report the total number of applicants on the City’s housing list is now 29,756.
Speaking today, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council’s housing committee, said:
“Today’s findings are damning. They demand immediate action. There are nearly 30,000 applications on the Dublin City Council’s housing list. This ever lengthening list is made up of 15,461 single people and 14,095 families. 4,212 have been languishing on the list for over 10 years. These findings are shocking and unacceptable.
“The time for debate is well over. It is now time for action. Dublin City Councillors, council management and Minister Coveney must work together to deliver a massive housing programme for Dublin. We must ensure the programme meets the needs of those on the housing list.
“I am proposing that Dublin City Council prepares monthly plans to be presented to the Department of Housing. These plans must provide public, affordable and cost rental housing. Minister Coveney has consistently said funding is not an obstacle. Now is a time to turn that promise into action.
“The priority for Dublin City Council is to develop O’Devaney Gardens, St Michaels Estate and the Oscar Traynor lands. Next week’s housing committee meeting will be debating these plans and looking for action on these sites.”