Councillors face a choice: to sell the land, perhaps, and use the money for much-needed community facilities. Or to keep the land, perhaps, for much-needed affordable or social homes.
Early – and provisional – estimates from Dublin City Council put average cost rents for St Michael’s Estate at €1,300. But there are ways to bring that down.
Part of the discussion focused on why the council had opted for affordable homes to sell, rather than to rent – and whether it was possible to revisit that.
Here’s some of what came up when talk turned to housing at July’s monthly meeting of Dublin City Council: affordable purchase, O’Devaney Gardens, and a new housing committee chair.
The CoHousing Here! event in mid-June combines policy talks with workshops, successful examples from elsewhere and lessons from Ireland so far.
Dublin city councillors met recently to talk about who the council should prioritise if more people apply to buy “affordable” homes than there are affordable homes to buy.
Earlier this year we asked our readers what issues they wanted candidates running for Dublin City Council to talk about. Supplying homes was the issue they mentioned most often.
Dublin City Council is looking at rezoning lands for up to 20,000 new homes. But how’s it going to stop the cost of the land – and so the housing – from shooting up?
The Player Wills site has been sitting vacant for years, but there’s an effort underway to get Dublin City Council to take it over and develop cost-rental and affordable housing on it.
In 2017, emails and memos from officials at the Department of Public Expenditure suggest they were unconvinced of the need for affordable-housing schemes.