Housing Minister disingenuous for announcing a co-living ban while allowing applications to sneak through

Senator Rebecca Moynihan
16 December 2020

Labour Housing Spokesperson, Senator Rebecca Moynihan has said that the Housing Minister is needs to state clearly that we a ban on co-living and not allow applications to sneak through

Senator Moynihan was speaking after a number of applications have been made to An Bord Pleanála after the ban was announced.

Senator Moynihan said:

“The Minister needs to make a comprehensive statement outlining why a number of applications were made following the announcement of a ban on co-living. He needs to clarify that these applications are not allowed given his announcement a number of weeks ago.

“These applications were made after the Minister announced his ban and were not in the system before he issued the circular to the planning authorities indicating he was going to ban co-living in the revised guidelines.

“This is incredibly sneaky by developers, trying to get in before the guillotine falls. Minister O’Brien has either banned coliving as he repeatedly stated, or he has not. He needs to outline the guidance to An Bord Pleanála and local authorities.

“Co-living is not a solution to the housing crisis and Minister O’Brien has stated the same on multiple occasions. There is massive shortage of adequately sized, long-term one- and two-bedroom apartments in inner city Dublin and there are frankly far too many co-living applications in the system not withstanding these additional applications.

“Minister O’Brien needs to make a statement on these additional applications and outline why they have appeared on the planning system when they clearly shouldn’t have and what he proposes to do about them.

Housing Minister disingenuous for announcing a co-living ban while allowing applications to sneak through

Labour Housing Spokesperson, Senator Rebecca Moynihan has said that the Housing Minister is needs to state clearly that we a ban on co-living and not allow applications to sneak through

Senator Moynihan was speaking after a number of applications have been made to An Bord Pleanála after the ban was announced.

Senator Moynihan said:

“The Minister needs to make a comprehensive statement outlining why a number of applications were made following the announcement of a ban on co-living. He needs to clarify that these applications are not allowed given his announcement a number of weeks ago.

“These applications were made after the Minister announced his ban and were not in the system before he issued the circular to the planning authorities indicating he was going to ban co-living in the revised guidelines.

“This is incredibly sneaky by developers, trying to get in before the guillotine falls. Minister O’Brien has either banned coliving as he repeatedly stated, or he has not. He needs to outline the guidance to An Bord Pleanála and local authorities.

“Co-living is not a solution to the housing crisis and Minister O’Brien has stated the same on multiple occasions. There is massive shortage of adequately sized, long-term one- and two-bedroom apartments in inner city Dublin and there are frankly far too many co-living applications in the system not withstanding these additional applications.

“Minister O’Brien needs to make a statement on these additional applications and outline why they have appeared on the planning system when they clearly shouldn’t have and what he proposes to do about them.

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