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Holland condemns scheming against Public Housing

12 February, 2018 - by Sarah Holland

Sinn Féin South Dublin County Cllr Sarah Holland has condemned what she describes as “scheming against the provision of social housing in the Knocklyon and Firhouse areas”.

Following the tense exchanges during the planning process for the Clonburris development, a series of residents’ associations have begun campaigning against the provision of social housing.

Cllr Holland said:

“I submitted some questions to area committee last month which show just 41 houses being provided in Rathfarnham or Terenure/Templeogue through PART V or council properties, with nearly 9,000 on the list for the South Dublin County area.

“During the SDZ process, it became apparent that a bloc of councillors was conspiring to limit the provision of social housing.  This has now spread from the Clonburris planning process to the Rathfarnham and Terenure/Templeogue areas.

“It is blatant NIMBYism.  Scaremongering over social housing is a cynical move in the run up to the local elections in 2019.

“The fact is that we need housing.  It should be spread all over this county in sustainable, mixed tenure developments, and not crowded into urban centres.

“Councillors have a duty of care to all residents of this county, and cynical scaremongering is irresponsible.”

Cllr Holland also took care to point out that transport and traffic concerns have been at the forefront the issues raised at council, and that the Rathfarnham and Terenure/Templeogue areas were rich in amenity and green space:

“Most councillors have been active in calling for additional public transport, infrastructure and improvements, play spaces and amenity improvements.  Others have been cynically objecting to playgrounds, park benches and housing in a bid to curry favour with the NIMBY brigade.

“As elected representatives, we need to show leadership. We need to be clear to residents what the needs of the people of this county are and how these can be achieved.  Whipping up hysteria over housing or amenities is not sustainable in the long term.” 

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