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Doolan-City Council agrees to sale of Council flats

7 February, 2006

Sinn Féin’s Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today, "welcomed the report from City Council which recommends that Council tenants should be given the opportunity to buy their flats."

Speaking at last night’s City Council meeting, Cllr. Doolan said:

‘The report into the proposed sale of City Council flats is to be broadly welcomed. This will now give local residents the opportunity to buy their own Council flats. This is in line with the practise of tenants buying their Council houses, which has been in place for many years.


Of course there are many issues that need to be clarified and many guarantees need to be given by Council management. I will be working to ensure that all flat complexes in Dublin receive full precinct improvements before they are sold and any money received by City Council from the sale of flats goes back into building new homes for the families still waiting to be housed. We cannot allow the sale of flats to spell the end of our responsibility to the 1000’s languishing on housing lists in Dublin.’


Cllr. Doolan said, ‘this is a major shift in public policy and should not be simply waved through without serious follow up. It is vital that the residents are kept informed of any developments. Therefore I will also be demanding that full consultation takes place before any flat is sold, and to assist this I will be holding a series of public meetings with residents in the near future.’ENDS



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