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Housing in Dublin North Central at crisis point -Councillor Denise Mitchell

19 January, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Dublin North Central Councillor Denise Mitchell and General election candidate for Dublin Bay North has said that the housing crisis in the Dublin North Central is reaching unprecedented levels, with little action from the government.

Speaking after she put a question to the manager at yesterday’s Dublin North Central area committee meeting,

She said,

“There are now 5,960 families on the Dublin City Council housing waiting list in the Dublin North Central area.

This is totally unacceptable.  How long are people expected to wait to be housed.

358 of these families have been waiting over ten years and have still no indication ofwhen they will be homed.

Many of these families are living in precarious private rented accommodation or living in overcrowded situations with family members.

The Labour/ Fine Gael government is failing these families not just in Dublin North Central but across the state.”

She further added,

“We have two government Ministers in Dublin North Central and it is very clear they have not made Housing or Homelessness a key priority of their term in Office.

We watched reports last night on RTE of the appalling conditions that some families are expected to live in. A hotel room is no place to rare a family.

Sinn Féin has committed to building 100,000 social housing units in the state if elected to government over a five year term.

Only the building of homes coupled with Rent Certainty will put an end to families being driven into homelessness.”

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