From top: O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin 7; Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin
Via Sinn Féin Housing Spokesman Eoin Ó Broin:
“Dublin City Council is led by a coalition of councillors from Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, the Social Democrats and the Labour Party, known as the Dublin Agreement Group.
On Monday, November 4th, the Dublin Agreement Group announced that they had secured a new deal with Dublin City Council management and Bartra for the O’Devaney Gardens development.
On foot of their announcement, the deal was approved by a majority of city councillors at the monthly council meet that night.
“The Dublin Agreement Group claimed to have secured an additional 30% of the development for affordable rental housing. This would be delivered through a purchase agreement between Bartra and an Approved Housing Body.
“However correspondence between the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Dublin City Council Mayor and Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe, secured under Freedom of Information, shows clearly that no affordable rental accommodation has been secured for this development.”
The minister’s letter issued to Mayor McAuliffe on November 6th states that no new deal has been secured for the O’Devaney site;
That no funding for affordable rental units has been requested from or approved by his department; that additional affordable units would not be in line with the tenure mix agreed by the department in 2017;
That the rents charged on any such units would not be affordable as the units would be purchased at market rather than cost price;
That no legal advice has been sought by Dublin City Council to determine whether the inclusion of affordable rental units would breach the procurement process and open the council up to legal challenge from unsuccessful bidders; and crucially that councillors from other parties voted for the deal ‘under the impression’.
That a new deal or agreement had been reached when it had not.
There are only two conclusions that could be drawn from the minister’s letter.
Either the Dublin Alliance Councillors are incompetent or they deliberately misleading their fellow councillors and the public.
They secured a majority of support from their fellow councillors for the transfer of a multi-million euro strategic housing development site to a private developer on the basis of a claim that is completely false.”
Previously: O Devaney Gardens On Broadsheet
Fact is SF/FG deal provided for 50% private. Our Agreement will mean 20% private….neither FG or SF like to be shown up. There is No problem with Agreement …there is simply an unwillingness by Dept and Minister to deliver.
— Cllr Dermot Lacey (@LaceyDermot) November 18, 2019