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Affordable housing scheme by Council a complete fallacy

13 October, 2005

Local Sinn Féin representative, Michael Nolan has described as "a complete fallacy" the whole notion of affordable housing after the latest advertisement was issued this week by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council calling on people to submit applications for homes in Ballybrack, Ballinteer and Sandyford.

Mr. Nolan said, "The national average price of a three bed-roomed house is €265,364 according to the latest ESRI housing statistics bulletin. Today Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council is offering, to those lucky enough to qualify for the 'affordable' housing scheme, three bed-roomed apartments at €300,000 which is significantly higher than the national average. This clearly indicates that the whole notion of affordable housing in relation to Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council is a complete fallacy.

"There is something really rotten in relation to housing in this Council area. With amongst the lowest provision of social housing of any council area in the country and with appalling housing conditions being suffered by people in places like Laurel Ave in Loughlinstown and Rosemount in Dundrum its long past the time that radical action was taken.

"The 'affordable' housing scheme as it currently operates is not the solution. We need more social housing. We need to use Part V of the planning Act not only to secure so-called 'affordable' homes or sites on the edge of the Council area but to secure proper social housing right across the Borough.

"With the thousands of houses and apartments that have been built across Dún Laoghaire in the last number of years serious inroads in to the Councils chronic housing waiting list could have been made if Part 5 had been used properly. Instead we have a Council that seems to continually capitulate to the demands of developers instead of the needs of its citizens." ENDS

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