Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha today (5th July) visited the nearly completed family hub accommodation being developed by Dublin City Council on Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. He commended the standard of work on the new supported family accommodation and said the positive drive and energy involved needs to be replicated in developing social housing. Ardmhéara Mac Donncha said:
"Visiting the Clonliffe Road site today I was impressed by the standard of accommodation and attendant facilities being provided. The commitment of all involved, including Dublin City Council staff, Crosscare who will manage the facility, and the builders, was very clear.
"I have no doubt that this facility will be a huge improvement in living conditions for families currently in emergency accommodation such as hotel rooms.
"We must remember that this facility and other such family accommodation hubs being developed by Dublin City Council are transitional for families before they move to long-term accommodation. They are a significant contribution to addressing some of the most pressing and immediate effects of the housing crisis. They are not a substitute for the long-term solution of developing social and affordable housing.
"I strongly believe that the very positive drive and energy involved in developing these hubs needs to be replicated in developing social and affordable housing. I will be pressing central government to allow Dublin City Council to harness this drive and energy, including by reducing the many bureaucratic obstacles blocking the speedier provision of homes. These obstacles include the over complex and time-consuming procurement procedures and procedures for the approval of spending. These processes can and must be simplified and expedited if we are to seriously address the housing crisis in this City and region".