Why is DCC handing land over to developers? IHN video seminar explains the land grab


This Irish Housing Network had a seminar on the land grabs happening on 3 major areas of Dublin at the moment as part of the housing crisis. The seminar was to inform residents and housing campaigners of DCC's plan, and to discuss how we can fight it together.

The Irish Housing Network consists of about 20 local Groups.  In the video you will hear an introduction to the excuses for the land grab plans which are rooted in the housing crisis under which there were 6300 people homeless last month not including the hidden homeless.  There were also 92,000 mortgage in arrears and almost  2000 repossessions in the last year.

Because local authorities can’t borrow the land grab has come into being on the basis of  ‘something is better than nothing’  But it was crafted by DCC and 65 secret interested parties.  Secret because DCC but won’t tell us who they are, only that they were mostly developers and others who stand to make profits from housing.

After introducing the land grab there is a presentation on how it will impact the three areas targeted and what residents and campaigners are going about this.  You can skip to these at
16 mins - Oscar Traynor Road
26.40 mins - O’Devaney Gardens
37.30 - St Michael’s Estate

You can find the Irish Housing Network at

“The Irish Housing Network has been set up by a collection of housing and homeless groups fighting this ongoing housing and homeless crisis. We believe in the basic premise that housing is a right that should be provided based on need. We aim to share information, resources and coordinate action with groups across the island. Any group can join if they agree with the principles of the network below. The current members are

  • North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Committee
  • Housing Action Now
  • An-Spreach Housing Action Collective
  • Social Workers Action Network
  • The Hub
  • Help the Hidden Homeless
  • A Lending Hand
  • Dublin Central Housing Action
  • Anti-Racism Network Ireland
  • Homeless Fightback
  • Connect the Dots
  • Wexford Housing Action
  • D8HAC
  • Ballymun-Finglas Housing Action
  • Housing Action Kildare
  • Fingal Housing Crisis Community
  • S.P.A.R.K (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids)
  • Blanchardstown Housing Action Committee
  • Clondakin-Lucan Housing Action”