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Dublin City Council defers manager's housing PPP-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

7 March, 2017 - by Daithí Doolan

Dublin City Council agreed last night at its monthly meeting to defer the manager's proposal to reintroduce housing Public Private Partnerships.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chairperson of Dublin City Council's housing committee:

"I welcome the decision tonight to defer the proposed PPP to the forthcoming Housing SPC.  The proposal as it stands is unacceptable. The manger's proposal has massive implications for  Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth. Public Private Partnerships have been a disaster for Dublin. They have left communities scared and abandoned. The failed policy of previous governments was a major causes of the current housing crisis.

"Any new PPP proposal needs to be thoroughly interrogated, debated and discussed. Unfortunately the proposal tonight lacks detail and fails to convince me of the merits of a PPP to deliver social housing. It is fundamentally flawed. The manager claims that the need for PPPs is to deliver off balance sheet funding for housing. But the Minister for housing claims that funding is not an obstacle to building social housing. This commitment clearly removes the need for any PPP. Unless of course it is an attempt to bail out developers.

"The manager's plan proposes to hand the management of the social housing to private developers. This is deeply concerning. Private developers have no history of management. Managing social housing is complex and should not be profit motivated.

"Dublin is in the midst of a housing crisis. We must ensure that council land is developed to maximise social affordable housing. To date the delivery has been unacceptably slow. I certainly will not support a PPP that produces increased profits for private developers but leaves those in need languishing on our housing lists.

For further comment call Cllr. Daithí Doolan 086 3888152

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