Dublin City Council has lost 1,846 housing units over the last eleven years - Cllr Daithí Doolan
Speaking this evening, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee, said:
"Dublin City Council has lost nearly 2,000 housing units. Our housing stock has shrank from 27,110 in 2005 to 25,274 in 2016. This is shocking news at a time of a housing crisis. The figures were released to me at tonight's city council meeting. Dublin City faces an unprecedented and deepening homeless crisis. The crisis is a direct result of the lack of social housing.
"For the first time over 1,000 families are now homeless in Dublin. Yet we are losing the very housing stock needed to accommodate these families.
"We have over 20 sites waiting to be developed for housing. The Government funding has been pitiful and slow in coming. Minister Coveney continues to huff and puff about a miserable €280,000 increase in funding. The Minister has allocated €2.28b for housing between 2014 to 2016. Compared to the €2b allocated during the Troika years of 2011 and 2013, it clearly shows the crisis in social housing is not a priority for this Government.
"Minister Coveney needs to stop spinning yarns and start championing social housing at the cabinet table and demand adequate funding for a robust housing building programme for this city.
"Dublin City Council has the land and the plans for social housing. We have 20 sites under investigation for housing. We urgently need the funding to turn the tide in this crisis."