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Sinn Féin urges support for new cross chamber proposal for 540 homes at the Shanganagh Castle site

10 September, 2017 - by Shane O'Brien

Sinn Fein Councillor Shane O’Brien has called on his council colleagues from all parties and none to support the cross chamber proposal to build 540 homes in Shanganagh when it comes before the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council this Monday. 

A group of Councillors from across the chamber and across the political groupings has come together to tackle the most serious problem facing thousands of people in the borough – the lack of social and affordable housing.

The proposal was presented to the Chief Executive, Ms. Philomena Poole, and her management team by a delegation of the co-sponsors  including Councillor Shane O’Brien, on Wednesday 23 August 2017 and agreement was reached to work together to further develop this innovative proposal for Shanganagh Urban Village Cooperative Housing Development which would consist of 200 social houses and apartments and 340 affordable homes. 

He said politicians need to think outside the box in order to tackle the housing crisis. 

Speaking today Councillor O’Brien said;

“The housing and homelessness crisis is spiralling out of control with over 8000 people and more than 3000 children now homeless and three deaths on our streets just last week.

“There is now over 5,500 waiting on social housing lists in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and thousands of other individuals and families who do qualify for social housing support that are struggling to pay rising private rents, and whom will never have any form of secure tenure without support.

“As local politicians we need to think outside the box in order to deliver social and affordable housing units in our area.

“That is what we have done with this plan. We have put aside party political rivalry and drawn up a plan that can deliver 540 homes in Shanganagh.

“Our plan can deliver quality social and affordable homes in a mixed tenure development based on the continental urban village design model. This is the most appropriate design model for the Shanganagh Castle site.

“Our proposal will be presented to the council at next week’s meeting and I am urging all Councillors from all parties and none to support it.”


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