Sale of council land blasted

by Gazette Reporter
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Councillors in South Dublin have been severely criticised following a controversial vote in South Dublin County Council to sell 73 acres of council land to a private developer for 30% social housing.

People Before Profit councillors, who had opposed the sale from the beginning, expressed their disappointment with the councillors branding them as hypocrites. The vote was passed by 23 votes in favour, 16 against and 2 abstentions.

Cllr Madeleine Johansson said: “It is extremely disappointing that councillors have voted to sell off public land. This site could be used to build much needed social and affordable housing for those who need it.

“In addition to social housing, if developed by the council it could be ensured that a percentage of this housing would be genuinely affordable for those who do not qualify for social housing. It would cut out the middle man of the private developer who will build for profit and not for need.”

Cllr Emma Hendrick added: “There are families spending up to 18 months in emergency accommodation. This land could have provided housing for those who are unable to acquire proper accommodation in the private market.

“This vote comes less than a week following a motion in the Dail on housing, it is unbelievably frustrating that representatives of the same parties which supported that vote such as Labour, Fianna Fail and the Green Party, have now voted to sell off public land.

“It is completely hypocritical to take one position nationally but the complete opposite locally.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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