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Proposed Lucan affordable housing development a missed opportunity

16 January, 2007


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has described proposals to develop a thousand new affordable houses in Lucan as a 'scandalous' missed opportunity. Deputy Morgan, along with Dublin Mid-West representative Joanne Spain, said that the Government needed to 'wake up' and realise that provision of social housing units must be the priority. Ms Spain also expressed concerns about the infrastructure needed for the proposed site at St Edmondsbury and Woodville.

Deputy Morgan said: "It is scandalous that with a state wide housing waiting list of 44,000 families, almost 2,000 of whom are in the South County Dublin area, that a proposed development of over 1,500 homes has no provision for any social housing.

"Although housing output in this state is growing, there are far more private housing units being developed. This is of no benefit to those who are suffering at the heart of the housing crisis. This Government needs to wake up and assume real responsibility for the crisis by providing social housing for those who are languishing on waiting lists."

Ms Spain added: "I understand, and share, the concerns that many people have around this proposed development. There are certainly implications here for the Liffey Valley, and the consequences for traffic congestion and public transport provision on the N4, which will run alongside the proposed development, need to be seriously addressed.

"But the real difficulty Sinn Féin has with this development is the lack of any consideration for the families living in B&Bs or overcrowded accommodation, stalled on the Council housing waiting list for years. Instead we have so-called affordable houses priced at €260,000 at a minimum, that are out of reach for anyone on the average industrial wage of a little over €31,000. Affordable housing units, while needed, are no substitute for social housing integrated into communities to tackle the housing waiting list."

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