Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin tweetz:
A lot confusion over figures involved in O’Devaney Gardens deal. [Above] is a table based on the [city council] manager’s report from yesterday. It shows that there is no affordable purchase or rental homes in the deal and the massive gains for Bartra from land value extraction and profit.
— Cllr. Tina MacVeigh PBP (@TinaMacVeigh) November 5, 2019
O’Devaney Gardens site in Dublin 7; at a Dublin City Council meeting last night; Social Democrats councillor Gary Gannon being escorted last night from the meeting as he was followed by protestors against a deal over the site
At a meeting of Dublin City Council in Dublin City Hall.
Activists entered the chamber of city hall in a reported attempt to stop a council vote to ratify a €7million deal with developers Bartra Capital for the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin 7.
The vote went ahead despite the protest and the deal was approved by 39 votes to 18.
Olivia Kelly, in The Irish Times, reports this morning:
“The deal, which was approved by 39 votes to 18, will see more than 800 new homes on the site of the former flat complex close to the Phoenix Park, 30 per cent of them to be used for social housing and 20 per cent for affordable purchase.
“The remaining 50 per cent are described as “developer units”, which Bartra can sell at a profit.”
Some councillors who voted in favour of the deal, including Social Democrats councillor Gary Gannon, were escorted from the meeting by gardai after it concluded.
From the Social Democrats’ manifesto in this year’s local elections…
Former Dublin City Councillor with the Workers’ Party Éilís Ryan tweeted last night…
“So, it’s a done deal. The Green Party, Labour, Social Democrats, through either ignorance or malice, have sold off the last hope for public housing in Dublin City. They have reminded me, once again, why I am a socialist – not a “social democrat.” Compromise is not a good plan in 2019.
“I broke down the numbers of their so-called “affordable” housing” deal – a €150K/unit public handout to Bartra capital for affordable purchase, and “affordable rental” purchased for €500K/unit by the state – requiring rents of €1,600/month.
“€1600 / month for 30 years is the rent that will be required to repay the cost of those €500,000 units we are buying from Bartra.
“And at €1,600/month, the rent will be 60% the average household income in Dublin.
“We gave them our land, now we are buying housing back from them, covering their profits while we are at it.
“It’s a developer’s dream come true.
“Was there an alternative? In 2016, a majority of city councillors supported my Workers’ Party motion for mixed income, public housing on the site.
“Then they backed down.”
Previously: O’Devaney’s D-Day