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Part V reform an essential part of dealing with social housing demand - Crowe

1 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD, joining party activists and supporters outside Leinster House this morning, has described the removal of the exemption inserted in the Planning and Development Act to allow developers to buy their way out of delivering 20% social and affordable housing as an essential part of dealing with social housing demand.


The Dublin South-West TD said: “The government is 15,000 units short of the amount of social and affordable housing they committed to in the National Development Plan. Social housing output as a percentage of overall annual output has fallen from around 10 per cent in 2002, to 8.9 per cent in 2003, 6.7 per cent in 2004 and 5.8 per cent in 2005. Less than 5 per cent of the homes completed in the first three months of this year were for local authority tenants. The house of a price in Dublin is forcing people out into a commuter belt that now reaches Cavan to the north and the Shannon to the west.


“This is the reality of the housing crisis that exists today. Sinn Féin is putting legislation forward in Leinster House tonight in an effort to try and achieve the NESC target of 73,000 extra social housing units by 2012, a target the government is nowhere near achieving. Instead, Minister Ahern takes refuge in the huge number of houses being built, without knowing how many of them are homes for working families, and how many are property investments for speculators and developers.

“It is time to put the needs of families before the needs of developers. It is time to develop a housing policy aimed at delivering social and affordable housing, not one aimed at delivering higher profits for the construction industry. The Bill Sinn Féin is putting before the Dáil tonight will give all parties the opportunity to pick a side, and to take a stand.”



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