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Minister Coveney's housing proposal is unacceptable for Dublin City-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

17 May, 2017 - by Daithí Doolan

10% social and 10% affordable housing in the new Poolbeg development plan is doomed to fail.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s vote on the Poolbeg development plan, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee, said:

"Dublin is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. Homeless numbers continue to spiral with over 1,000 families and 2,129 children homeless in Dublin. We have a further 26,000 applicants on our housing list. The development of up to 3,500 homes on the Poolbeg Peninsula gives us a unique opportunity to provide a solution to the current crisis. 

"Sinn Féin proposes that 30% of the plan should deliver social housing and a further 20% should be affordable. While the remaining will be private housing. This will ensure a sustainable, balanced mixed tenure housing plan.

“Minister Coveney outlined how the plan should deliver a mere 10% social and ‘up to 10% affordable’.  This is unacceptable. I firmly believe a majority of Dublin City Councillor's will vote down any plan that includes a paltry 10% social housing. Simple as that.

"Dublin City Councillors want to support a plan for Poolbeg. But not at any cost. It must contain up to 50% social & affordable housing to meet the needs of the city.”

For further comment contact Cllr. Daithí Doolan 086-3888152

Note, the vote on the Poolbeg West SDZ will take place at a special Dublin City Council meeting on Thursday. 

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