“Bartra`s Correspondence suggests that it is willing to enter into an option agreement with DCC, under which DCC (or its nominees) will have the right to acquire some or all private units such as the prices shown in the tender documents. Dublin City Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick (Fianna Féil) said the Dublin Group`s agreement on O`Devaney Gardens had been reached with DemRat from Dublin City Council`s legal representative. The Dublin regime was originally introduced by the Dublin Convention, signed in Dublin (Ireland) on 15 June 1990 and came into force on 1 October 1997 for the first twelve signatories (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom), and on 1 January 1998 for Finland.  While the agreement was only open to accession by the Member States of the European Communities, Norway and Iceland, non-member countries, reached an agreement with the EC in 2001 on the application of the provisions of the Convention on their territory.  “It is essential that Council members from other parties have voted in favour of the agreement,” he said. In accordance with the agreement and relevant to the application, it is possible to sell land for legitimate public needs, such as schools or other institutions vital to the Community. The main reason for the litigation was whether this application would have the effect of having previous advice agreements. Ms. Fitzpatrick stated that the proposed amendment had been made to include affordable rental units. The new agreement was reached by the executive of Dublin City Council. The original agreement did not contain community organizations, she added.
She called on the Minister to provide the necessary resources for the agreement to be implemented. “We want affordable housing, and the government is not prepared to fund it.” She told Radio Station 1 with Seén O`Rourke that it was incorrect for the Minister to question the legitimacy of the basis on which the agreement was reached. “This is not the case – there has been no new agreement between Dublin City Council and Bartra,” the minister said in a letter received by Sinn Féin`s housing spokesman Eoin Broin, at the request of freedom of information. The Dublin II Regulation was adopted in 2003 and replaced the Dublin Convention in all EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark, which is withdrawing the implementation of regulations in the area of freedom, security and justice.  In 2006, an agreement came into force with Denmark to extend the application of the regulation to Denmark.  A separate protocol also extended the Iceland-Norway agreement to Denmark in 2006.  On 1 March 2008, the provisions of the regulation were also extended by a treaty to third countries, Switzerland which, on 5 June 2005, voted 54.6% in favour of their ratification, and Liechtenstein on 1 April 2011.  “I note the discussion in the Boardroom, which proposed that a licensed housing company be able to offer the units, but no details were given on the source of a buyer`s financing, and it was not clear that licensed housing companies had agreed to enter into negotiations for the securing and management of the houses.” However, a report by the Council`s Director General, Owen Keegan, at the annual budget meeting indicated that there would be a surplus in the government`s disserunging programme and that the Council planned to obtain an additional EUR 27 million next year.