Clondalkin Councillor Madeleine Johansson made comments following a motion at the recent Clondalkin Area Committee. The motion expressed solidarity with housing activists around Dublin occupying empty properties and called on South Dublin County Council to draw up a list of empty properties and a plan of action. The official report revealed that 19 vacant properties had been identified in Clondalkin, but officials said that the locations or actions taken could not be made public.

Cllr Madeleine Johansson commented: “We need urgent action by the council to bring these properties in to use. No houses should be left vacant in the middle of the worst housing crisis in the history of the state and actions should be taken immediately to Compulsory Purchase these properties so that families can be moved in.”

“The public should have a right to know where vacant units are located and what actions are being taken by the authorities. It is no longer acceptable for any property owner to speculate on empty units or sites. I urge members of the public to report any vacant homes in your area to vacanthomes.ie.”