{meta} Agenda for Special Council Meeting on Monday 8th March, 2021, 6.15 pm

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Under Schedule 10 of the local government act 2001 Section 6-1(C) the Dublin City Councillors that are members of the Housing SPC request a special meeting of the Council with the objective of discussing the proposed Land development Agency Bill, the Affordable Housing Bill, so as to solicit the views of the Law Agent, the Housing Manager and the Chief Executive and that the views of the Councillors will be documented and a report sent to the Housing Minister

Councillors Tina MacVeigh, Anthony Flynn, Cieran Perry, Pat Dunne, Alison Gilliland, Hazel Chu, Mary Callaghan, Kevin Donohue, Eimer McCormack, Briege Mac Oscar  

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The Lord Mayor invited speakers from all parties to contribute to the debate.

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The following motions were proposed :

 

Motion No.1:

 

It was proposed by Councillor Daithí Doolan and seconded by Councillor Larry O’Toole that Dublin City Council is opposed to the Land Development Agency Bill.

Dublin City Council believes the Bill is fundamentally flawed. The Land Development Agency will erode local democracy and further undermine Dublin City Council's ability to deliver social and affordable housing on public land.

 

Key concerns with the Bill include that there is no commitment to delivering a majority of social housing on public land, no meaningful definition of affordable housing, the removal of power from elected councillors in terms of land transfers to the LDA and LDA having to pay full market value for land it acquires.

 

Dublin City Council are also concerned with the lack of transparency and accountability, particularly with respect to LDA subsidiaries not being subject to FOI and the LDA not being subject to the Lobby Register.

 

Dublin City Council urges the Government to scrap the Bill and to fund a housing programme that delivers adequate, good quality social and real affordable housing that meets the housing needs of Dublin City.

 

Dublin City asks that An tArd Mheara writes to the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien expressing our concerns at the Land Development Agency Bill.”

 

The motion was put to a vote and carried.  Details of the vote are contained in Appendix A.

 

 

 

Motion No.2:

 

It was proposed by Councillor Dermot Lacey and seconded by Councillor Alison Gilliland that “Dublin City Council recognising the scale of the Housing crisis reaffirms its commitment to work with Government and all relevant agencies towards delivering new housing units and in particular ensuring that sufficient Social and Affordable housing is built for those in need of same.

 

Recognizing however its duty to use Council property in the best interests of society this Council rejects the provisions contained in the Land Development Agency 2021 Bill published by the Government removing the role of the elected members of Local Authorities in approving the transfer or sale of lands to the Land Development Agency.

 

The Council further agrees to write to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage urging a removal of that provision and to ensure that elected Councillors retain the right to control such sales or transfers and be able to prepare and plan for appropriate housing delivery on Council owned lands and requests a meeting with the Leaders of the Parties in Government to express other ways in which we can progress the supply of housing. The Council further agrees to circulate this motion to each Local Authority and the Association of Irish Local Government requesting their support for this.”

 

The motion was put to a vote and carried.  Details of the vote are contained in Appendix A.

 

 

Motion No.3:

 

It was proposed by Councillor Cieran Perry and seconded by Councillor Nial Ring “That the members of Dublin City Council inform the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage that the proposed provisions of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.