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Murphy must deliver on 900 social & affordable homes for IGB site

8 February 2019

Statement by Senator Kevin Humphreys
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys has called on the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy to commit to funding the 900 social and affordable housing units that were committed to on the IGB site in his constituency.

The call comes as the community prepare to protest this Saturday at 11am on the Sean Moore Road.

Sen. Humphreys said:

"I don't know why the Department of Housing appears to be strongly resisting funding social and affordable housing in the south inner city on the Irish Glass Bottle House site, when their Minister is the local TD.

"An agreement for 900 social and affordable housing to be allocated to local residents in the area was made in May 2017, and the Fine Gael Government is dragging its feet on delivering this. 

"As we saw this week in Capital Docks, the south inner city is being left with no new social and affordable housing. Residents are worried that the agreement for the IGB site in the Poolbeg West SDZ will be withdrawn.

"It has been two years and two Ministers later, and still people in our area anxiously await confirmation on how 900 social and affordable units are going to be funded.

"Because of this, on Saturday, the 9th of February at 11 a.m. the community of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount will come together to protest that the Minister for Housing Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. and Dublin City Council has reneged in honouring this agreement.

"I am calling on Minister Eoghan Murphy to commit to funding these units once and for all to remove any uncertainity. We can't afford the debacle we have seen in the Docklands SDZ.

"There is real concern that the Minister for Housing will do a u-turn on this promise and local residents will miss an opportunity of purchasing a home in their locality."

ENDS

Note: the IGB site is part of the Poolbeg West SDZ where is planned to build 3 1/2 thousand residential units plus extensive office accommodations.