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Green light for Dublin City Council to proceed with planning permission for housing programme-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

7 September, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

A motion that gives the green light to Dublin City Council to proceed with getting planning permission for social housing across Dublin was passed at tonight's city council meeting.

 Speaking at tonight's Dublin City Council meeting, chair of the housing committee Cllr. Daithí Doolan said:

"Tonight's motion is significant. My motion demands that Dublin City Council proceeds with seeking planning permission for housing on all council land zoned for housing.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented homeless crisis. The underlying problem is the lack of social and affordable housing. Consecutive governments have starved Dublin of essential funding for housing. We are now reaping a sorry harvest with the level of homeless in the capital.

“Agreeing this motion sets in train a process that could lead to a building programme in Dublin. 

“Minister Kelly agreed at our recent meeting with him that funding would be made available for social housing. 

“The challenge for us is to draw up plans to build adequate, quality housing to meet the needs of those on our housing list.

“Sites including those at Dominick Street and Ballyfermot’s Cornamona site, will be submitted for funding within the next two weeks.

“We will submit these plans to Minister Kelly to release funds as a matter of urgency. Then a major building programme can begin.

“The longterm solution to the homeless crisis is a building programme on our council land. Tonight's motion lays the foundation for that to commence."

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