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Cllr. Nic Cormaic disappointed at Government response to Sinn Féin housing motion

1 October, 2015 - by Sorcha Nic Cormaic

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic is disappointed that TDs for Dublin-Rathdown, Alan Shatter and Alex White voted against Sinn Féin’s private members’ motion on the housing crisis. The bill called for the housing and homelessness crisis to be addressed with immediate effect

 Cllr Nic Cormaic said:

“It is agreed that housing and homelessness has reached a crisis point.

This has come about as a result of underinvestment in social housing by Fine Gael/Labour and previous Fianna Fáil led governments.

We also have to factor in years of bad planning, bad governance, property speculation and an over-reliance on the private sector to deliver our social housing needs.

We now have near to 5,000 people living in emergency accommodation throughout the state. Of this overall figure, some 2, 298 people are living in emergency accommodation in Dublin. This includes 1,275 children.

Nic Cormaic continued:

“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown currently has 28 idle houses. Over the past year refurbishment funding has been reduced by €533,015. The fourth highest reduction in the state.

“Local authorities need to be adequately funded to allow for regeneration projects, new build social housing, making void houses ready for allocation within the agreed six week period, and to refurbish existing stock”.

“Support for Sinn Féin’s private members bill would have helped the 38,000 mortgage holders currently experiencing severe mortgage distress nationwide. It would also have strengthened the protection of the family home in the Land and Conveyancing Act.

“This government is clearly in denial over the scale of this problem and needs to act now before more of our citizens are forced into homelessness.”

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