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Sinn Féin to hold public meetings on sale of flats

20 February, 2006


Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has announced that Sinn Féin, "will be hosting a series of meetings across the constituency this week to discuss the sale of Council flats with the tenants themselves."

Speaking today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"The sale of City Council flats is the biggest change in housing policy in 40 years. But to date there has been no discussion with the tenants. Sinn Féin support the right of tenants to buy their homes, but there are a lot of serious issues to be discussed. Right through  the process there ahs been no discussion with the tenants themselves. I hope these meeting in the week ahead will go a large way to dealing with this exclusion. Tenants have serious questions that need answering and I hope to include the tenants and ensure the questions are answered.

“I will be looking for guarantees from Council management before any sale takes place. These include that no flats are sold be fore full precinct improvements are carried out, that flats are sold at an affordable private to tenants, money is ring fenced and government funding provided to build new homes for those on housing lists.    

“This city faces an every growing housing crisis and to simply sell off the flats will go nowhere to solving this problem. The sale must be part of an overall strategy to provide homes for those who need them."


In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on, "City Council officials must prioritise the tenants is the process, it must be tenants centered not simply an issue of selling off property to the highest bidder."

 

The first of 4 meetings will take place tonight, Ringsend Community Centre, Ringsend, 7:30pm                                

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