Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that a different approach is needed in identifying properties suitable to be added to the Derelict Sites Register in Dublin Central in order for them to be put to use quicker.

Her comments follow confirmation from Dublin City Council this month that 19 and 21 Connaught Street, Dublin 7 have been re-inspected and entered on the Derelict Sites Register.

Mary said, “While the Council say that they the prioritise reinstatement of derelict sites back on to the housing market, it’s simply not happening at any pace.

“It’s no secret that there is a housing crisis in our city that’s worsening by the day and yet the local authority sit on these houses when if action was taken, they could help alleviate the acute shortage of residential homes.

“It took 7 years for both of these properties on Connaught Street to finally be added to the register – are those living in the community or those desperately waiting for a home in Dublin Central expected to wait another 7 years for development to begin?

“I understand that the Capital’s four local authorities are under massive pressure while trying to respond to the nation’s housing crisis but none more so than DCC considering it is responsible for areas experiencing the most severe shortages.

“It’s frustrating to think that there is no plan in place to give these derelict sites new life.

She concluded, “I believe it is imperative that the properties on the Dublin Derelict Sites Register are taken from a dilapidated state to full residential use for those in desperate need of housing accommodation.”