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Council To Purchase €125m Worth Of 'Turnkey' Homes

Fiona Cooney
Fiona Cooney

05:21 12 Jun 2022

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Dublin City Council plans to spend €125 million on hundreds of homes before they hit the market.

The 'turnkey' homes are already under construction and will be used to provide social and affordable housing.

A set number of units has not been decided upon, but according to the Business Post, it looks to be between 350-400.

The plan has been labelled 'bad value for money' by some, however, Senator Rebecca Moynihan says it's a better alternative to leasing:

"I think whatever gets people from the social housing list into permanent homes is very very welcome. I'm glad to see that the Dublin City Council is moving away from leasing which is really bad value for money and the council doesn't own the homes at the end of it. At least in the situation the council owns the home and they will then be able to keep them in social housing unlike the leasing programme".

There are also concerns that this could squeeze potential homeowners out of the housing market

Senator Moynihan argues that people on social housing lists are more likely to face homelessness:

"I think we need to ramp up supply across the board. People on social housing also have housing needs. I think that's really important. You're looking at Dublin City Council having about 15,000 on their waiting list. And when you take into account the transfer list, you're looking at approximately 30,000".

She adds:

"You're talking about some of the lowest income people, who are particularly vulnerable. Especially if they're part of a leasing programme or reliant on HAP. They're at much greater risk of homelessness. Moving people from the social housing list and putting them in permanent council accommodation is something to be welcomed".


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