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O Broin - Housing Is A Right Not A Privilege

3 March, 2007

Sinn Féin candidate for Dun Laoghaire Eoin O Broin speaking during the housing session at the party's Ard Fheis said: For the past number of months Dublin Sinn Féin has been campaigning under the banner "Housing Is A Right Not A Privilege". The aim of the campaign is to highlight the continuing scandal of government housing policy across the 26 counties. In my own constituency of Dun Laoghaire, from 2002 to 2005, the overall housing need rose by 13%. Today more than 3,500 families are waiting to be housed by the council.

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Council and the FF/PD government are clearly 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, allowing 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.

Motion 146, which calls for the adoption of the new policy document "Housing is a Right" sets out Sinn Féin's alternative to the failed policies of local authorities, the government and the developers.

It recognizes that housing is crucial in developing a healthy society, and that access to housing must be viewed as one of the most fundamental of human rights.

I urge delegates not only to support motion 146, but to use this new policy document as a campaigning tool in the coming period. Lets continue to build our campaign so that housing as a right becomes a reality.

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