Council defends lack of rapid-build homes

by Emma Nolan

NO NEW rapid-build houses for homeless families have been built in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown despite government targets.
Under the Rebuilding Ireland action plan for housing and homelessness set out by the Government last year, a total of 1,500 rapid-build units were to be delivered by 2018 – some 200 by the end of 2016, 800 in 2017 and the remainder in 2018.
The objective of the plan was to “significantly increase and expedite the delivery of social housing units, boost private housing construction, improve the rental market and deliver on the commitment to see housing supply, in overall terms, increase to some 25,000 new homes every year by 2020”.
However, none have been built in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency.
A tender plan has been completed by the council for a rapid-build scheme at George’s Place in Dun Laoghaire which will deliver 12 new houses in approximately 12 month’s time.
Commenting on the fact that not one rapid-build home unit has been built by the council, Dun Laoghaire Senator Victor Boyhan (Ind), a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing, said: “The slow pace of delivering emergency social housing and the failure to deliver key social housing targets in line with the Government’s housing policy, Rebuilding Ireland, needs to be addressed by Minister [for Housing] Eoghan Murphy and his department officials.
“No modular/rapid[-build] social housing has been completed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, despite government targets. The Minister needs to explain the why these targets have been missed?
“To be fair, Dublin City Council built 22 housing units in Poppintree Ballymun. The feedback from the tenants who took possession of these homes by all accounts has been very positive.”
A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said that as well as the George’s Place plans, there is also another rapid delivery scheme which is “due to be completed and handed over shortly which will deliver 28 much needed homes in 2017”.

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