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Social housing in Sandyford welcomed but more needed - Sinn Féin

14 March, 2006


South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has welcomed the proposed development of 61 social houses and 2 social apartments on the Blackglen Road in Sandyford but said it will be "a mere drop in the ocean" in terms of relieving Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown's social housing shortfall.

Mr. Tracey said, "The proposed development of 61 social houses and 2 social apartments on the Blackglen Road is a welcome proposal. It will take 63 families of the social housing waiting list. However, Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council have a shameful record for providing social housing and this development will be a mere drop in the ocean in terms of relieving the shortfall.

"Currently 2,699 families are on the housing waiting list in DL/RD and many people are suffering appalling housing conditions in places like Rosemount in Dundrum and even still at Laurel Avenue in Loughlinstown. The council must provide quality social housing for all of these families without any further delay.

"Given the amount of private housing developments in the borough serious inroads could have been made into the waiting list had part 5 of the planning act been used properly. I have written to the council to ask were the money received from developers under part 5 has gone given the lack of social housing in the borough. I eagerly await their reply." ENDS

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