Tuesday 27 June 2017

Council spends €38m to ease crisis in social housing

A total of 157 private units were purchased to be turned into social housing units by Dublin City Council. (Stock picture)
A total of 157 private units were purchased to be turned into social housing units by Dublin City Council. (Stock picture)

Ryan Nugent

Some €38m was spent by Dublin City Council on acquiring private units to use to allay the social housing crisis in the capital.

A total of 157 private units were purchased to be turned into social housing units by the council.

The figure is a jump of almost €10m on 2015 and a staggering 13 times more than 2013 and 2014 combined.

In 2015, 144 private units were purchased, while in 2014 and 2013, 11 and 12 were bought respectively.

Some 128 were acquired in 2011 and 73 a year later.

A senior executive officer said in a letter regarding the acquisitions that they cannot divulge the exact locations of these properties, though there was an even spread throughout the city. However, the South and North Central areas had by a distance the most with 209 and 134 respectively over the past six years.

Irish Independent

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