Fianna Fáil Dublin Fingal candidate Senator Darragh O’Brien is calling for more social houses to be built in the North Dublin area following the revelation that there has been a 359% increase on the social housing waiting list in Fingal under the current Government.
“In 2008 there were 1,931 people on the social housing waiting list in Fingal, this had risen to 6,020 by 2013 and it is now almost 9,000,” pointed out Senator O’Brien, who is also the party’s Dublin spokesperson.
“While the numbers on the social housing waiting list have grown, only two social houses were built in Fingal between 2011 and 2014.
“The €18.97 million allocation promised to Fingal has targeted a build of 85 housing units built over 3 years, leading to an estimated reduction of less than 2% in the social housing waiting list. However this is only assuming that there is no increase in the waiting list in the interim, which – given the scale of expected home repossessions (about 25,000 nationally) – is very unlikely.
“In contrast Fianna Fáil has a plan to spend €4.5bn to build 45,000 units by 2021. We are committed to ensuring that every family can aspire to living in appropriate accommodation.”