Fianna Fáil Group Leader on Dublin City Council Cllr Paul McAuliffe has called on Sinn Féin to convene an emergency meeting of the City Council’s Housing Committee to deal with a report presented to Councillors in July which could see 1,500 homes built on council owned lands.
The proposal put forward by two of the Council’s top officials Dick Brady and Philip Maguire states they are “confident that there are innovative solutions that can be made to work to help reduce the housing shortages facing the city”. The report seeks “expressions of interest from partners to work collaboratively to design, build, finance housing, and to provide management solutions for a mix of housing types and tenures”.
Nearly 30 hectares of land at Malahide Road, Bunratty Road, Cherry Orchard, Oscar Traynor Road and in Ballyfermot is estimated to provide 50 units per hectare but without Council approval cannot be properly utilised.
Cllr McAuliffe commented: “I had hoped the new membership of the committee could be approved at the Special Council meeting on the 22nd of September and that an urgent meeting of the Housing Committee could be held before the next City Council meeting on the 6th of October. Failure to follow this timeline could see the issue delayed until the November or December Council meeting, we just simply can’t wait that long.
“With 156 families including 341 children, living in Dublin hotels and talk of prefab accommodation there is a desperate need for social housing and reasonably priced private rented accommodation. We have an obligation to act quickly on this issue.
“This proposal could see Voluntary Hosing agencies working with Irish companies to build homes that many working and low income families desperately need. It would also provide much needed employment to construction workers seeking work.”