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Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh speaks about housing at Dublin Chamber of Commerce

15 April, 2015 - by Máire Devine

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor has addressed the Dublin Chamber of Commerce on the issue of housing in Dublin.

Cllr Ní Dhálaigh, who is the chair of the housing strategic policy committee on the Council, began by stating that;

“It is essential that Dublin City can provide quality housing in sustainable neighbourhoods to meet the present and future needs of the city for all members of the community”.

The Sinn Féin councillor continued by articulating the twin challenges for the city on this issue. The supply of housing and office space needs to be improved while simultaneously redeveloping and regenerating vacant sites.

“If we want companies and businesses to prosper we must ensure workers can afford to live in the city. We must also make sure that in order for Dublin to retain its position as the economic engine of the Island, we must encourage companies to establish themselves in Dublin.”

Therefore we must not shy away from the challenge of high density. High density does not mean high rise and Sinn Féin has been to the fore in making reasonable and achievable proposals on this issue.

Dublin is in the throes of a housing crisis that is I believe is man made in nature.

I believe we should allow high density in certain areas of this city. These areas would have to meet strict planning criteria, including environmental, social and service provision.

The population in the inner city has grown by 61% and fell in outer city by 1.2% therefore we must encourage innovation in housing typology.

However I am concerned that there is a growing lobby of developers/associations campaigning to have the apartment living guidelines reduced to DOE standards.

The new guidelines were hard fought for and it’s vital that we do not go back to allowing dog boxes being built in the city.

I have set up a working group to look at options to speed up design and construction of housing supply without affecting standards.

We need less rhetoric and more action on this issue and that is what we are hoping to achieve.”

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