The Green Party today launch their housing policy which calls for public housing to be built on public lands in the centre of our towns and cities.

We need to build housing on large scale to deal with our housing and homeless crises, and the Green Party believe it is important to do that close to existing services and transport.

The party launched their housing policy on Dominick Street in Dublin’s city centre next to a new housing development which is just a stones throw from O’Connell St and on the new Luas line.

The Green Party point to research which shows 112ha of land in the control of Dublin City Council and Nama in the city as well as land owned by semi-state companies which could easily be moved outside of the city. Together these lands could deliver more than 20,000 residential units in the city.

Highlights of the Green Party Housing Policy:

  • Replacing Rebuilding Ireland with a National Housing Plan to build public housing on public land.
  • Expanding financing options for housing associations and implementing a cost-rental model for the delivery of public housing.
  • Rolling out Housing First programmes across the country to deal with homelessness and addiction.
  • Invest in a major programme of deep retrofitting the Irish public and private housing stock.
  • Mandating that by 2022 all new buildings in Ireland will be designed and constructed to zero carbon standard.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Ossian Smyth, Green Party candidate for Dun Laoghaire said:

“As a country we need major investment in housing but it is essential we do it in a way that tackles the climate crisis. This means putting people close to services so they don’t need to commute as much and making the homes highly efficient. This is good for the climate and good for people’s health and well-being.”

Cllr Neasa Hourigan, Green Party candidate for Dublin Central said:

“We can see that housing policy experts are saying there is a lot of land available in our towns and cities. In Dublin alone there is room for more than 20,000 residential units inside the city. This is close to twice number of people in emergency accommodation and could go a long way to clear social housing waiting lists.

“It’s not just about building homes, it is also about putting them in the right place. If we build in the centre of our towns and cities again then we bring life back to these places. Many, many people are forced out of the city to find a home and this is wrong. They are then needlessly stuck in gridlock and lose out on family time which has a huge impact on well-being.


Figures collated by architect and housing expert Mel Reynolds show that DCC and NAMA control 112ha of residential development land in the city. This gives the State the capacity to build approximately 18,000 units on this land. If this scale of development was delivered, the social housing waiting list could be almost completely cleared.

In addition to this there is also research done by Green Party MEP for Dublin and lecturer in urban regeneration and development Ciaran Cuffe. He has identified a number of underused sites in North Dublin with considerable development potential close to the city centre. Many of these are owned by semi-states and include bus depots which could be moved to the edge of the city. These includes lands around Connolly Station, Broadstone Bus Station, East Wall and Sheriff St.

And there is also the possibility of rezoning some 20 industrial lands around the capital which have been identified by Dublin City Council.

Click here to read the Green Party policy paper on Housing

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Over 20,000 homes could be built on public lands in Dublin City – Greens

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