Councillor expresses joy that derelict homes will be purchased by council

Madeline Johansson SDCC

People Before Profit Councillor Madeleine Johansson has expressed joy at the news that South Dublin County Council has begun the process to Compulsory Purchase two derelict homes in Palmerstown. The information was released as part of a response to a motion submitted by Cllr Johansson. The motion was calling on the council to Compulsory Purchase the two houses that have been vacant for almost a decade.

Cllr Madeleine Johansson said: “I’m delighted that the council has decided to begin the Compulsory Purchase of two derelict properties in Palmerstown. “It’s a disgrace that these houses have been left vacant for so long in the middle of a housing crisis. I hope that these houses will be refurbished and used to provide homes for families on the social housing waiting list. “These houses are an eyesore in the area and attract illegal dumping and rats so the Compulsory Purchase is very welcome for the local community.”

Gino Kenny TD added, “Fair play to Cllr Madeleine Johansson who put this motion forward, this is a great win for the community.”  “There are 166,000 vacant properties in Ireland, with over 48,000 vacant for six years or more. We need to keep pressure on the government and make sure that as many of these properties as possible are taken back into public ownership and used to house the tens of thousands of people in this country who are homeless, languishing on the housing list and in unsafe and insecure accommodations.”

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