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Sinn Féin secure significant increase in social & affordable housing in private developments - Eoin Ó Broin TD

29 November, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the passing of the Sinn Féin Bill to committee stage today which secures a significant increase in social & affordable housing in private developments.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today we had a significant victory in the ongoing challenge to deliver more social and affordable homes as the Social Housing Bill 2016 passed second stage after a Dáil vote.

“The Social Housing Bill 2016 amends Part V of the Planning and Development Act to provide for an increased percentage of social and affordable housing in private residential developments and in strategic development zones.

“This Bill seeks to correct the mistake made by the previous government when it reduced the Part V element to 10% and removed the affordable housing clause.

“While Sinn Féin supported some of the changes made at the time including the removal of cash payments from developers to local authorities in lieu of homes, we did not support the reduction from 20% to 10%.

“Minister Murphy’s spurious opposition to our Bill is hard to understand. It confirms once again that Fine Gael are not committed to delivering the volume of social and affordable housing that is needed to meet existing need. 

“We will now look to get the Bill to the Housing Committee as soon as possible and are happy to work constructively with all opposition parties to to ensure the maximum level of consensus in the final wording of the Bill.”

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