CITY COUNCILLORS HAVE clashed over plans to sell a vacant house on the private market.
Earlier this week, south Dublin county council (SDCC) voted in favour 22 – 15 to sell 1A St Patrick’s Estate in Clondalkin.
That particular house had been built in 2007 along with a two metre high wall which separated St Patrick’s estate and Michael Collins Park. It was hoped it would stop anti-social behaviour. In total, Just under €600,000 was spent on the wall and the house.
Councillor Trevor Gilligan said he was happy that a home could be placed on the private market due to the lack of houses available in the Clondalkin area.
He said: There are many young people who have saved hard, have mortgage approval, who are looking for homes to purchase on the open market on MyHome.ie and Daft.ie, but none are available.
“You are lucky to see one new home a week for sale in the Clondalkin area. Now next generation residents of Cappaghmore, St. Patrick’s and other surrounding estates in Clondalkin can have a chance at purchasing a family home in the area.”
However, Gilligan’s enthusiasm was met with anger by Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward, who said he was “extremely angry” that councillors voted to sell off “limited housing stock during the biggest housing crisis in the history of the state”.
The home had been renovated to to suit someone on the council’s medical priority list and Ward believes that the private sale of his home will not benefit those who are in dire need of social housing.
It is a scandal during this climate that the Council voted to sell this house. It was mentioned during the debate that it is only one house. That is true but it is the whole world to the family that could have been allocated this home.