Updates

Housing Minister must get tough on land hoarders

Sinn Féin Republican Youth are calling on the Construction Industry Federation to release land banks immediately so that it can be used for housing. With the current housing market in a state of emergency, the disclosure of such space would allow for the building of social and affordable housing.

CIF are deliberately starving the housing market in order to continue using zoned land as a political football to play with Government policy.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney needs to begin immediate talks with the CIF in order to discuss the release of such land banks, given that the number of people in emergency accommodation continues to rise on a daily basis.

Ambitious housing build programme needed, not a reduction in construction VAT

Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield this evening rejected Fine Gael calls for a reduction in the VAT rate on new residential construction from 13.5% to 9%.

Speaking in opposition to the Fine Gael motion in South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Warfield said;

“The motion from Fine Gael Councillor William Lavelle is a demand led proposal to what is a supply side problem.

Sinn Féin meet with Ministers for immediate action on homelessness

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis TD has called for immediate coordinated action between the Department of Environment and Dublin City council to tackle the rising levels of homelessness and rough sleeping.

He made his comments as a delegation of Dublin Sinn Féin representatives met with Ministers Kelly and Coffey in the wake of the death of Jonathan Corrie, a homeless man just yards from the Dáil. The delegation was made up of Deputy Ellis, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Fintan Warfield, DCC Housing SPC chairperson Cllr Críona Ní Dhalaigh and Cllr Seamus McGrattan.

Warfield welcomes the Minister’s emergency meeting on homelessness

Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield, has welcomed an invitation from the Department of the Environment to discuss the homeless crisis.

Mayor Warfield said;

“The purpose of Thursdays special meeting and forum is to see what collective actions can be taken by Government, housing authorities and the voluntary sector.

Increase in homeless funding by 150% – Mayor Warfield

Speaking following the passing of the South Dublin County Council annual budget 2015, Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure and Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has welcomed the 150% increase in homeless funding.

An additional €900,000 will be provided in the 2015 Council Budget bringing the net cost of the homeless allocation to €1.5 million.

A fairer system is required to tackle rising rents

Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield has called on central government to consider the implementation of rent controls, taking into account the ongoing rise of rents in South Dublin County Council and further afield.

Mayor Warfield said;

“Following a report by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, there is an immediate need for a fairer system of rent regulation.

South Dublin should be in the best possible position when funding becomes available for social homes

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.

Mayor attends opening of innovative Clondalkin housing development

Valhalla, an independent living scheme, was officially opened on Thursday 17th July by Paudie Coffey TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in the presence of the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Fintan Warfield.

This development is a joint initiative between Clanmil Housing Association Ireland and South Dublin County Council.

Valhalla, located at Watery Lane, Clondalkin, provides homes for tenants with disabilities and able bodied tenants with care and support provided to individuals in their own homes as required.