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Tuesday, 20th September 2022

Greens to hold public meeting on vacancy and dereliction in Drogheda

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One of the key recommendations in the Green Party’s Programme for Government is a new charge on vacant properties.

Green TD Steven Matthews, who chairs the Housing, Local Government and Heritage committee in the Oireachtas, will visit Drogheda to address a public meeting on the topic of vacancy and dereliction. The meeting will be held in the dHotel on the 13th of October at 7.30 pm

The Party’s report on the Commission on Tax and Welfare also recommends the replacement of commercial rates with a Site Value Tax to help bring life back to our towns and cities by spurring new development on under-used urban land.

Wicklow TD and Green Party Spokesperson on Planning, Steven Matthews, published a bill on vacancy earlier this year which seeks to bring approximately 50,000 vacant homes back into use.

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“We have a housing crisis and these recommendations would encourage the reuse of vacant and derelict buildings to provide much needed homes” Deputy Matthews said.

“Across our towns and cities there are many thousands of buildings that are suitable for conversion and refurbishment for homes for families and individuals. Bringing life back to town centres is key a Green Party policy. This is good for local business and for the viability of public transport and other public services.”

The Commission’s Report recommends a number of progressive changes to our tax and welfare system to secure our public finances, promote the decarbonisation and modernisation of our economy and protect the most vulnerable in our society into the future.

One of the most important recommendations is the establishment of a new ‘working-age assistance payment’, to provide greater support to low and middle-income workers who are currently struggling with increases in the cost of living. The report also recommends the phasing out of fossil fuel tax subsidies and a continuation of the Government’s planned increases to the carbon tax.

Welcoming these measures, Chair of Louth / East Meath Greens, Anthony Murphy said;

“Great to see progress on this issue. I am also delighted to announce that I will have the pleasure of welcoming Deputy Matthews to Drogheda in October."

"I would encourage anyone interested in this issue and who wants to see the regeneration of our town centre to attend.

“The purpose of the meeting is to connect interested groups and local campaigns to the work of the government in a genuine effort to see real progress on this issue.

“I would also like to highlight the great work of the local campaign group @DerelictDrawda, who have done fantastic work at bringing this issue to the fore and highlighting what is a key issue for our town.”    

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