Dublin North East Labour Deputy Tommy Broughan has learnt from the Dublin City Manager John Tierney that there are currently 26,619 families and households on Dublin City Council’s Housing List, with an astonishing 9111 families and individuals who are more than five years on the housing list.
Nearly 12,000 applicants have been more than four years on the housing list. Incredibly, this means that nearly half of all of the applicants on the housing list have been waiting more than 4 years on the list.
Deputy Broughan said, “The figures that Manager Tierney has released to me are truly shocking. In Area B (which includes the DCC part of Dublin North East constituency) there are 5192 applicants on the housing and transfer list. This includes 3596 individuals and families with insufficient points who are waiting to be housed, 40 applicants with medical priority, 23 with welfare priority, 97 Senior applicants, 65 in the other category and appallingly there are 268 people/households who are homeless in Area B.”
Deputy Broughan continued, “The housing crisis for many local families is clearly deepening. It is incredible and totally unacceptable that over 26,000 families are without an adequate home and that more than 9,000 individuals and families have been on the housing list for more than five years.”
Yet at the same time there are well over 1500 empty homes across the North Fringe from Clare Hall to Baldoyle.
Manager Tierney reported to Deputy Broughan that as well as the 9111 applicants who have been more than five years on the City Council’s Housing list, 2762 have been waiting four to five years, 2648 applicants have been three to four years on the list, 3759 applicants have been on the list for two to three years, 4744 applicants have been waiting for one to two years and 2595 applicants have been less than a year on the list.
“Given the ongoing catastrophic housing situation, it is very disappointing that several long-planned long housing developments in the North Central/North East Area have been stalled indefinitely including in Bunratty Road, Coolock and at the Darndale Shopping Centre/Spine site”, added Deputy Broughan.
But Manager Tierney reported today that one of DCC’s current problems is that developers still won’t release properties at current market prices because they (the developers) do not accept that prices have fallen by up to 50%.
Deputy Broughan has also learnt from a briefing by Manager Tierney that there are 343 applicants on the affordable housing list in the North Central Area. Six applicants have been six years on the list, 16 applicants have been five years on the list, 69 applicants have been four years on the list, 99 applicants are three years on the list, 75 applicants are two years on the list, 33 applicants are one year on the list and 45 applicants have been less than a year on the list.
Deputy Broughan intends to raise this matter with Taoiseach Cowen and Environment Minister John Gormley on the floor of Dail Eireann.