Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Minister's Visit Does Nothing for 8,000 on Housing List

Minister’s Visit Does Nothing for 8,000 on Housing List

Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan O’Brien has described the visit to the city of the minister of state with responsibility for housing, Michael Finneran, as an orgy of self-congratulation which did nothing for over 8,000 families waiting on the housing list.

Cllr O’Brien said:

“Michael Finneran’s visit yesterday was the signal for an orgy of self-congratulation and back-slapping among councillors and officials about the regeneration projects in Knocknaheeney and the Glen. However while the opening of the new community centre in Knocknaheeney and the commencement of the second phase of the Glen Regeneration project are welcome, though overdue, neither addresses the core issue of 8,000 families waiting for housing in Cork.”

“In a time of cutbacks and austerity, the lavish reception laid on for the Minister of State by the council also shows how out of touch some people on that body are with the realities of life for ordinary people.”

“The Minister would have been better meeting councillors to discuss the growing housing crisis in Cork and what, if anything, the government is prepared to do to sort it out.”

For further information contact Cllr Jonathan O’Brien @ 085-2133907

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