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Lack of housing in North County Dublin – Cllr Malachy Quinn

3 March, 2015 - by Malachy Quinn

Dublin Sinn Féin councillor Malachy Quinn has highlighted the lack of affordable housing available in north county Dublin. The population in the area has doubled in the past ten years, yet the number of properties available has decreased dramatically, and rents have risen by 26% since 2011.

Councillor Quinn said:

“I have two residents living in one estate alone, both claiming rent allowance.

One family, are a married couple with 3 children, with the husband is in college full-time and his wife is at home with their twins, and a further child in school.

 They have been on the Fingal County Council housing list for 12 years now.

To date, not one offer of housing has been made to them. One of her neighbours, a lone parent, with 2 children in school, was forced to relocate to Balbriggan, as she could no longer afford the rent in her last area.

 This uprooted her children from school during mid-term, leaving their friends, and starting in new schools. This was as a result of the cut in rent supplement caps in recent years.

 The rent caps are slightly higher in the rest of the Dublin area, and have resulted in a huge demand for rentals in North County Dublin, particularly the Balbriggan area. Rents in North County Dublin have increased dramatically in the past 12 months.

This period last year, in Balbriggan, you had many choices of 3 bed rentals for €900.

Cllr Quinn concludes:

 “Today, I searched on and got only 3 results for a 3 bedroom home. One of these had NO SOCIAL WELFARE ACCEPTED” which is very common with many landlords. When are we going to start tackling the housing crisis? We need to build social housing units. Relocation is upsetting and disturbing to family life.

 As part of the Government’s Housing Strategy 2020, it is proposed that Fingal will make 200 units available this year, by various means, with 77 of these being built in Lusk.Although I welcome this, a more meaningful strategy to tackling the housing crisis would be to use €1 billion from the Ireland Strategic Fund and invest this in the social housing stock, which would create 6,600 – 6,800 homes and also create tens of thousands jobs for the many unemployed construction workers.”

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