Seanad debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

 

10:30 am

Photo of John CumminsJohn Cummins (Fine Gael)

----- on public land, which is the mantra we hear in this House and the Lower House every single day of the week. A target of 100% social and affordable housing on public land is what was voted against by Sinn Féin, three Labour Party councillors, Social Democrats, People Before Profit and some independent councillors in Dublin City Council this week, where they opposed the Oscar Traynor Road site. Thankfully, common sense was applied and we will see 853 housing units provided, 40% social, 20% affordable purchase and 40% cost rental.It is a shameless attempt by the Opposition to say one thing when they are on social media and the media, which is that they support housing, when the reality is that at every single turn they oppose it and are trying to block the Government from providing much-needed housing for individuals and families throughout the State. They need to come clean with the public and admit what they are trying to do is to exacerbate the problem of housing for electoral gain. It is an absolute disgrace that this is ongoing in the country and that at a time of such crisis people are getting away with opposing and blocking houses at every turn. It is about time they were called out on it.

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