Cllrs vote against CPO of derelict sites 

by Rachel Cunningham
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A local councillor has expressed her anger at South Dublin councillors who voted down a proposal to CPO derelict sites, writes Rachel Cunningham.

People Before Profit councillor Madeleine Johansson made the comments following the January council meeting, where she proposed a motion to Compulsory Purchase 10 derelict residential sites in the county.

The motion was defeated by 17 votes with 14 votes in favour and 2 abstentions.  

“I’m really angry that councillors voted down my motion which called on the council to Compulsory Purchase derelict properties and use them for social housing,” said Councillor Johansson. 

“There are over 13 000 households in emergency accommodation, thousands of them include children.

“It’s reprehensible to continue to allow property owners to leave homes lying vacant and becoming derelict in the middle of a housing crisis.

“The very least that the council can do is to initiate the Compulsory Purchase on properties that have been vacant for a long time. Those homes could then be used for families who are in desperate need.

“The derelict properties are also an eyesore in local communities and cause other problems such as vermin and illegal dumping.”

The councillor accused the Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party and Labour Party councillors who voted against the motion of showing no interest in solving the housing crisis. 

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