Dublin City Council have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a motion opposing the sale of houses in the former O’Devaney Gardens housing complex to cuckoo investors.
At a special session of Dublin City Council tonight, councilors voted 32 to 18 in favor of a Fianna Fáil motion.
That motion also calls on the council to ensure that construction of the development plan begins as soon as possible “to provide at least 30 percent public housing, 20 percent affordable housing for purchase, 30 percent affordable rent, subject to the development agreement to include a community crèche, Community center and local employment and training scheme as agreed by the parties to the Dublin Accord, Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, Labor Party and Social Democrat councilors in 2019.
The motion followed another motion by the Sinn Féin council group, which asked the council to shelve the agreement out of concern about a recent decision by An Bord Pleanála — which lifted a clause prohibiting institutional investors after a legal challenge by the developers — cuckoo investors the door who are buying up entire apartment complexes for future rental income.
However, the application was ruled out as a legally binding contract was signed by the council and developer Bartra, which secured planning permission for 1,047 apartments on the former council-owned site.
A controversial deal negotiated in 2019 between parties to the Dublin Accord saw the land on which the now demolished north Dublin housing complex sits being donated to Bartra in exchange for social, affordable and low-cost rental housing.
As the meeting began, home seekers and residents protested outside Dublin City Hall against the controversial deal, which they fear could be opened up to cuckoo money that would make living in the area even more unaffordable.
Independent Dublin City Councilor Cieran Perry, who is also a public housing campaign campaigner, said ahead of the meeting: “Dublin City Council has an ideal opportunity to pull out of the rotten deal with Bartra as it is in breach of the development agreement with the Council due to the Delay in starting construction on site within four weeks of the issuance of planning permission.”
Damien Farrell, an activist with the Dublin 8 Housing Action Collective, said: “The political ideology of the ruling parties has ensured that social housing has not been built on public land in O’Devaney Gardens and instead developers will benefit from the site? site.
“As rents become unaffordable the logical solution is safe, affordable social housing, but unfortunately the developer lobby in Ireland is too powerful.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/dublin-city-councillors-back-motion-opposing-sale-of-homes-at-former-odevaney-flats-complex-to-cuckoo-funds-41641245.html Dublin City Councils are backing a motion against the sale of houses in the former O’Devaney housing complex to cuckoo money