People Before Profit councillors demand no fire sale of council assets.
Councillor Melisa Halpin said “there should be no sale of public land zoned for housing.”
In a statement this evening in advance of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council meeting, People Before Profit councillors announced that they would be proposing motions against the sale of public land zoned for housing.
At tonight’s meeting Council management brought a report proposing that the councillors consider a fire sale of council assets in order to fund public projects. In the list of sites that are being considered for sale are 2 key sites that could provide housing – George’s Depot, in the centre of Dún Laoghaire town and Mount Anville which has been ear marked for many years for traveller accommodation.
People Before Profit councillors submitted proposals to the debate to protect both George’s Depot and Mt Anville and to ensure that land that could provide public and affordable housing is not sold off.
Cllr Melisa Halpin said: “It really beggars belief that in the midst of the worst housing crisis that this state has ever seen that the councillors would even consider selling off public land.
“George’s Depot is a prime site in the middle of Dún Laoghaire town, could provide much needed public and affordable housing and has been, disgracefully, left to rot for decades.
“We, in People Before Profit, are committed to accelerating the building of public and affordable housing on public land and will oppose the sale of any such lands.