Social Democrats Housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan TD has expressed serious concerns about the Land Development Bill which will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow.

Deputy O’Callaghan said:

“The Land Development Agency Bill will facilitate the privatisation of public land through the back door. This will drive up the cost of homes built on public land. The last thing we need is a return to the failed and reckless policies of the past that put developers first and locked thousands of people out of secure and affordable housing.

“The Social Democrats want the Land Development Agency to put its full focus on delivering affordable and social homes. These homes must be made available at prices that people can actually afford.

“The Land Development Agency Bill needs to be amended by the Dáil. There are three key changes required to prevent public land being privatised and homes built on public land ending up in the hands of international investors:

1.    The Land Development Agency should be prohibited from selling public lands to private developers.
2.    100% of the homes built on public land should be affordable and social.
3.    None of the homes built on public lands should be sold on to large institutional investors and REITs.

“I’m calling on the Minister for Housing to agree to these three key changes to ensure that public lands are not privatised and sold on to developers through the back door.”

February 16, 2021

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