Sinn Féin attempts to stop tenant purchase in Dublin City are misguided

Cllr Paul McAuliffe, the Leader of the Fianna Fáil group on Dublin City Council has criticised a move by Sinn Féin councillors to petition the Lord Mayor to hold a special meeting on the proposed Tenant Purchase Scheme. He said the attempt was “ill informed and short sighted.”

Dublin City Councillors will meet in emergency session on the 17 December after five Sinn Féin councillors petitioned the Lord Mayor to hold a special meeting on the proposed Tenant Purchase Scheme which will take effect from 1 January.

Cllr Paul McAuliffe said it was a knee-jerk reaction and had not been thought through. “The tenant purchase scheme provides people with the opportunity to purchase an affordable home and helps improve the social mix in areas like Finglas and Ballymun. It is the only policy instrument currently available to deliver affordable housing.

“Sinn Féin is now seeking a derogation from the scheme for Dublin City as a result of the housing crisis, but the reality is that anyone purchasing their home will already be a tenant of the council and their home would be unlikely to return to the council for reallocation for decades. Obviously we need more social housing units in the city but they must be in sustainable mixed communities. The Government must also allow councils to ring fence any funds raised from the tenant purchase scheme and invest it in a  social housing building programme.

“This is typical Sinn Féin ideology getting in the way of common sense. There will be families across the city who want to grasp the opportunity of owning their own home. Sinn Féin, who now control  the council,  are turning their backs on those people and on their aspiration to be home owners.”

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