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Dublin City Council votes for development of O’Devaney Gardens

22 September, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Dublin City Council has voted this evening to allow the development of O'Devaney Gardens to proceed.

Speaking during the special council meeting Councillor Daithí Doolan, Chairperson of the council's Housing Committee said:

"We are sinking deeper and deeper into a housing crisis. Consecutive governments have starved Dublin City Council of essential funding for housing. 

"I am supporting our motion to proceed with the development of O'Devaney Gardens. We aim to deliver up to 600 homes on this site. Some 30% of these will be social housing paid for by the department of housing while 20% will be affordable.

“That means we can deliver nearly 200 council homes and 100 affordable. This will happen only after a long, hard won battle with the department of housing. If the government had their way a mere 60 social houses would be built. 

"We will also charge the full cost of the land to the developers. This will allow City Council to use up to €13m to develop social infrastructure in O'Devaney Gardens or develop more housing.

"It is essential that we deliver housing for the 29,000 families languishing on our housing list and the 1000's who are homeless. 

"That's exactly what we aim to do in O'Devaney Gardens and other council land across Dublin."

For further comment call Cllr. Daithí Doolan 0863888152.

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