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Housing report confirms Dublin being held to ransom by developers

2 September, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Responding to today's Housing Supply Coordinating Task Force for Dublin, Councillor Daithí Doolan, Chairperson of Dublin City Council's housing committee, said:

"Dublin is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. This report confirms what many already knew. Developers are keeping large tracts of land from the market. This serves to keep home prices at a premium for developers. This is unacceptable. It must be tackled.

"I welcome the recommendations that Compulsory Purchase Order powers should be strengthened. This would allow local authorities to buy some of this land  and then commence building of homes. There is enough land zoned for 53,000 homes in Dublin city. That land could be bought and developed by Dublin City Council.

"But key to this being successful is adequate funding from the Department of Housing. Consecutive governments have starved Dublin City Council of essential funding to build homes. This has directly caused the current housing crisis.That must change. Minister Coveney must release the much promised funding and let Dublin City Council get on with building homes.

"This government claims to have prioritised tackling the housing crisis. Dublin City Council has plans to commence a major building programme on Dublin sites. We can make the crisis history. What we need is government funding."

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