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Council must stand firm in dispute over social housing - Sinn Féin

7 December, 2006


South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has congratulated Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council for "finally standing up to developers and demanding proper compliance with Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000." Mr. Tracey was speaking this morning after reports of a stand-off between the Council and Glenkerrin Homes over the delivery of fifteen social housing units in Ballinteer.

He said, "Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council is notorious for failing to ensure proper compliance with Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000. The council has received over €3.5million from developers buying their way out of their obligations to provide social housing which has led to a huge waiting list in the county with 3,517 families currently waiting to be housed.

"I want to congratulate the council for finally standing up to the developers and demanding proper compliance with Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000. Sinn Féin has consistently called on them to stop accepting money from developers and our Leinster House team only last month tabled legislation in the Dáil which aimed to reverse the amendment to the Act which allows developers to buy their way out of their obligations. This amendment was introduced by the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat Government in 2002 at the behest of their friends in the construction industry.

"This particular dispute arises over Glenkerrin Homes' failure to provide social housing at its site in Ballinteer. They have agreed to provide 10% affordable housing units but insist that the development is not suitable for social housing. This is unacceptable -- it is nothing more than social apartheid. Who are they to say what is and isn't suitable for social housing. That is for the council to decide and with such a huge waiting list for housing I would suggest that nowhere is unsuitable. I would strongly urge the council to stand firm in their demand for social housing at this site and not to issue letters of compliance until this demand is met." ENDS

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