Living Cities Bill

We, the Green Party, have called on the Government to tackle the vacancy and dereliction rates in Dublin.  We recently launched our Living Cities Bill 2017, aimed at bringing life back to city and town centres, discourage land hoarding, and tackle dereliction and vacancy.

We have 31,459 empty houses here in Dublin, with 198,358 empty nationwide, according to the CSO. This number doesn’t include derelict buildings, and doesn’t measure the potential housing units that could be developed on vacant land in city and town centres. 

5 Chapel Avenue, Dublin 4


Date of record: 11 April 2016
Source: DCC South East Area Committee

We need to start bringing life back into the centre of our towns and cities. Through installing units above shops, refurbishing derelict buildings, and tackling land hoarding. That’s what we’re trying to do with the Living Cities Bill.                                                                                     
The aims of this Bill are simple, and have the potential to instigate meaningful change. The bill aims to remove the minimum site size from the current vacancy legislation, which is currently set at larger than a basketball court, which rules out a huge number of sites. This would bring far more vacant and derelict sites under the scope of the legislation.

There is a real opportunity here. The country is full of empty buildings and vacant sites. These dwellings are pre-existing infrastructure and returning them back to a usable condition would go a long way not just towards providing more cost effective solutions to tackle the crisis, but would also be of benefit in terms of reinvigorating communities.