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State sitting on 500+ vacant properties despite housing crisis – Peadar Tóibín TD

16 December, 2016

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín has said that with the vast amount of vacant properties held by the state, the government are morally obliged to make a proportion of them available for those without housing.

Speaking today Deputy Tóibín said:

“I admire the inventiveness and drive behind the ‘Home Sweet Home’ campaign. I wish this project all the best and it is my hope is that the government will follow suit and put the many buildings and acres of land lying idle around the country to good use – and build the homes that are so badly needed in this state.  

“Earlier this year I contacted all of the departments to find out the amount of property vacant under the state – and shockingly these were the results.

“The state is sitting on a least 547 vacant properties – almost one million square feet of buildings. There is also 4,000 acres of land lying unused all over Ireland in possession of the state – with much of it in Dublin, where the worst effects of the homelessness crisis are felt.

“It’s also worth noting that half of the properties that the IDA lease are vacant – which equates to a quarter of a million square feet.

“As we approach Christmas, the hardship that the homeless face is brought sharply to light. Nobody should have to sleep rough. It is especially galling to think that there are so much property under the power of the state that is being unused. Many of these vacant properties potential homes.”

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