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Sunday 21 January 2018

Tánaiste: housing excuses are 'bogus'

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

Paul Melia, Kevin Doyle and John Brennan

Tánaiste Joan Burton has hit out at local authorities who she says are finding "potentially spurious and bogus reasons" not to build social housing.

Government plans to provide modular housing for homeless families have already sparked a backlash, with one councillor claiming it would lead to "shanty towns" and "ghettoisation".

There has been sharp criticism about the sites chosen for 153 new units in Dublin City Council, which is controlled by Sinn Féin, with questions about why land in more upmarket areas was not used.

The Labour leader said local councillors needed to put the needs of people first. "It is for council officials and the members of the city council to evaluate the sites," said Ms Burton.

"But can I ask the members of the city council not to be finding potentially spurious and bogus reasons as to why the day keeps being put off when we actually develop social housing."

Meanwhile, RTÉ refused a request to use space on its Montrose campus for modular housing, saying it would interfere with the day-to-day running of the broadcaster.

Full coverage, pages 4-5

Irish Independent

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