Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick is calling on the Minister for Housing to explain the rationale behind the excessive €330,000 that it has been claimed to cost to build an apartment on State owned land in Dublin Central.

Dublin City Council recently confirmed this costing at a public meeting held in the North Inner City to discuss the proposed sale of State owned land.

She said, “In 2011, Fine Gael scrapped the State’ affordable housing scheme and it’s of no surprise that a crisis has transpired since and their subsequent attempts at delivering social and housing have utterly failed.

“There are no “affordable” apartment’s in Dublin central, full stop.

To address this, Fianna Fáil put forward a motion last month which was designed to kick-start the building of affordable homes for those in inner city Dublin who are being squeezed by high rents and wholly unattainable house prices.

“Dublin City Council continues to claim that it is left with no viable alternative but to dispose of State owned sites in Dublin Central such as the former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott St because it is impossible to build affordable housing.

“How could this be so when the there is an abundance of zoned land waiting to be developed?

“The Minister needs to explain this. He must detail to those living in homelessness and on housing waiting lists how precisely it could cost a Local Authority in the region of €330k to build an apartment on land that they don’t have to pay for.

If the cost of land is the main bulk of the price to build a housing unit then there’s something wrong in the Department’s model of delivery. It mains no sense that is costs €330k to build a two bedroom apartment on land that costs €0.

“It’s deeply frustrating that a solution is quite literally on our doorstep and this Government still are not interested in supporting working people and families,” she concluded.