08/06/2018

McAuliffe Hits Out At Govt For Delay On Affordable Housing Scheme

Cllr Paul McAuliffe has hit out at the government over its failure to introduce a State-led Affordable Housing Scheme.

He said: "It's been two years since then Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney convened an emergency session with the City Council's Corporate Policy Group to discuss the three 'expression of interest sites'.

"An agreement was reached that day that 20% of the sites would be properly utilised by an Affordable Housing Scheme. 24 months later and nothing has been done to kick-start the establishment of that scheme despite repeated calls from my party colleagues and I."

The Fianna Fáil general election candidate in Dublin North West also identified a number of vacant sites.

Mr McAuliffe said: "The Ballymun Local Area Plan zoned and identified planning objectives for almost 30 different sites over 12 months ago, yet Council Officials have been unable to dispose of any of the sites to develop much needed affordable housing because of the Minister's inaction.

"Similarly, 150 affordable homes were identified as part of an overall mixed housing development of 650 units on the Oscar Traynor site – this project is delayed until the Department garners enough will to decide what best 'affordable' means to fund development."

"Their appalling inaction can only lead us to wonder if Fine Gael is even remotely concerned about the lack of affordable homes in Dublin," he concluded.

(CM/MH)

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