Eamon Ryan to introduce “Living Cities” into Dáil this afternoon

13th December 2017

Green Party Bill aims to increase the housing supply with new measures to tackle derelict and vacant sites.


Green Party Leader, Eamon Ryan T.D., will today introduce legislation that will provide a more urgent and transparent response to the housing crisis. The Bill increases the levy on derelict sites from 3% to 7% and creates a transparent process by which derelict sites are added to the Vacant Sites Register.


Speaking ahead of the Bill’s introduction Deputy Ryan said:


“The country is full of empty buildings and vacant sites; we have almost 200,000 vacant dwellings dotted around the country, while we see homelessness rates climb this Christmas. This legislation is a way to urgently increase the availability of property that can be utilised to address this shortage.


The Bill will also force local authorities to be transparent about their application of the levy. The process by which sites are entered onto the Vacant Sites Register will now be made publicly available online on the local authority’s website. “


Green Party Deputy Leader Deputy Catherine Martin added:

“The government’s strategy, to make life easier for developers and hope they will build more as a result of incentives isn’t working. By raising the levies on derelict sites, this bill will make it more difficult to simply sit on a plot of land, waiting for it to appreciate.”