Continuing the saga of Dublin, Ireland’s attempt to provide 40 of 500 modular homes for the city’s homeless on a lot in Balbriggan amid legal and physical threats, as well as protests causing a work stoppage, two northside councillors are opposed to the plan, saying the area has enough social housing.
In a recent issue of dublinpeople, Cllr Tony Murphy said, “The people of Balbriggan need to have their voices heard on this issue. I am calling on everybody to express their views in a way that will be clear to Fingal County Council that this is not acceptable. We need to stop this proposal as it is unjust, immoral and inappropriate for the area.” He adds that over the years, Bablbriggan has received more than its share of social housing.
Cllr Grainne Maguire, noting the councillors cannot accept proposals that are put before them without consultation, said, “I do understand that there are plenty of people living in Balbriggan in need of permanent homes but we need to look at other solutions rather than wasting money on a temporary fix by providing modular homes. Over the years Balbriggan has developed at an unbelievable rate and we need to start building communities in our town as opposed to just building houses.”
The Fingal County Council issued a statement saying the quick addition of new homes will relieve the pressure on families with children living in emergency accommodations. While the statement said they are looking at other sites in the county as well, their sights remain on the Balbriggan site because it has been designated for future housing needs.
In a post from Dec. 10, 2015, MHProNews reported the Drimnagh Residents Association has threatened legal action to prevent Environment Minister Alan Kelly from siting 29 modular homes for the homeless on Curlew Road. ##
(Photo credit: irishexaminer–modular prototype to house the homeless in Dublin)
Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.