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Sinn Féin to picket Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Council meeting to highlight shameful housing record

9 October, 2006

To highlight Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council's shameful record for providing social housing Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin will picket this evening's council meeting. Local Sinn Féin activists will picket the Council offices at 5pm today at Town Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire.

Speaking before the protest South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey said, "From 2002 to 2005 the overall housing need in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council area rose by 13%. At the moment 3,519 families are waiting to be housed by the council.

"Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Council and the government are failing to keep their promises on housing. The council has received nearly €3.5million from developers buying their way out of their obligations to provide twenty percent social or affordable housing in all housing developments under part V of the Planning and Development Act. This is more than any other council in the state.

"Meanwhile the social housing waiting list continues to grow. The dilution of Part V of the Planning and Development Act to allow developers to buy their way out of their obligations to provide social housing must be reversed. Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown is one of the worst examples of where this practice has been exploited to the full. Three and a half-million euros accepted in buy-outs and three and a half thousand families on the waiting list is a despicable record and this council should hang its head in shame.

"Our Sinn Féin colleagues in Leinster House will bring forward amending legislation during this Dáil term which will give other parties an opportunity to reverse the dilution of Part V of the Planning and Development Act. We would encourage all parties to support this amending legislation." ENDS

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