Speaking ahead of a vote on a motion submitted for the September meeting of South Dublin County Council, Mayor Warfield has said that he hopes to see South Dublin left in the best possible position when funding becomes available for the building of social homes.

The Mayors business ahead of the September meeting of South Dublin County Council includes a motion calling on Council Management to bring forward part eight proposals for the development of another 240 social housing units, bringing to 500, the number of ready to build, social homes.

The Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure said;

“At the beginning of my term, I aimed to highlight the ongoing housing and homeless crisis within our county and pledged to promote meaningful solutions to that crisis.

“With almost 8,000 families and individuals across our county on the housing waiting list, we are in the midst of the worst housing crisis in modern history.

“Almost 100 people are homeless on the streets of Tallaght. That number is rising and at the core of this issue is Fine Gael and Labour’s reluctance to address the housing crisis.

“Local government must be able to meet peoples housing need. We need to have the money to build and buy more social homes.

“Although at this point in time central government have turned a blind eye to the crisis, I want to continue South Dublin County Council’s positive record in this area.

“Our Council must continue to deliver the fastest turnaround and lowest number of vacant homes of any Local Authority in the state. But we also need to plan ahead and position South Dublin well when central exchequer funding does become available.

“It is my hope, that immediate results will be seen following the passing of this highly achievable motion and to continue the increase of ready to build social homes.

“I have a responsibility to ensure South Dublin County Council are in the best possible position to build housing when central exchequer funding becomes available.”