November 18, 2019
Disastrous O’Devaney ‘Deal’ must be scrapped in favour of new scheme – Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has hit out at the Dublin Agreement Group for “misleading the public and other councillors” on the proposed development at O’Devaney Gardens.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“The Dublin Agreement Group comprising of Fianna Fáil, Labour, Green and Social Democrats have misled the public and other Dublin City Councillors on the proposed development at Dublin City Council.

“Documentation secured by my colleague Eoin Ó Broin shows that there will be no additional affordable rental accommodation at the site. This is despite claims from the Agreement Group that an additional 30% of the development for affordable rental housing had been secured.

“This deal represents a bonanza for the developer at the expense of the local community and working families. Not alone does it make affordable homes unaffordable for ordinary workers, it also will not deliver a single  affordable rental home. 

“The group knew this when they pushed their deal through Dublin City Council. 

“Sinn Féin has long championed housing on the O’Devaney Gardens site. Our councillors are demanding a special meeting of Dublin City Council to discuss these revelations. This should happen without delay.

“Sinn Féin has the solutions to solve the debacle at O’Devaney Gardens and would deliver a development to meet the needs of the local community and working families.

“Our proposals of 33% social rental, 33% affordable cost rental and 33% affordable sale are the way forward. The Dublin Agreement Group’s bad deal should be scrapped immediately.”

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