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Eoin Ó Broin TD welcomes An Bord Pleanala ruling on Poolbeg SDZ social & affordable housing

11 April, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed today's decision by An Bord Pleanala that 25% of the Poolbeg SDZ will be made available for social and affordable housing. 

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

"Today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala that 25% of the Poolbeg Strategic Development Zone must be for social and affordable housing is welcome. 

"After years of hard campaigning the Glass Bottle Site Action Group and the wider community in Ringsend have ensured that a greater volume of social and affordable housing must be delivered on this site. 

"While the original wording of the SDZ plan as agreed by Dublin City Council was stronger than the change recommended by an Board Pleanala, their insistence of a 25% social and affordable requirement is still a real victory for the local community. This will ensure that 875 social and affordable homes will be delivered. 

"Now that the planning process is complete, the ball is firmly in Minister Eoghan Murphy’s court.

"It is he and his Department that can ensure the affordable units are delivered at genuinely affordable price. 

"He must not allow the commercial caveats contained in An Bord Pleanala’s amendment to be used by the Receiver to avoid the 25% requirement. 

"The Minister must now sit down with Dublin City Council and the local community to explain exactly how these much needs homes will be delivered at prices that modest income families can afford."

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