Updated: 08/05/17 : 07:06:09Printable Version
Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim Tony McLoughlin has said that Sligo and Leitrim will benefit from €1,000,000 in funding to return 60 vacant local authority properties to public use this year. The move is a continuation of the Government’s commitment under the Social Housing Strategy to deliver 47,000 housing units across the country by 2021 at a cost of €5.35 billion.
The Assistant Government Chief Whip said that this funding will create 44 new homes in Sligo and 16 in Leirtim for homeless households and families on housing waiting lists and it will greatly assist our local authorites in achieving a quick turnaround and re-letting times for vacant units.
“These measures will greatly reduce the number of vacant units in both Sligo and Leitrim, and our local authority will continue to be supported in the remediation of any such vacant units that occur.“Since the introduction of the programme in 2014 valuable assistance has been provided in dealing with vacant units and significant progress has been made in tackling the backlog.”
Housing Minister Simon Coveney said: “Under the Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020, and reaffirmed under Pillar 2 of Rebuilding Ireland, my Department is committed to supporting local authorities in carrying out work that both improves the national housing stock and ensures that existing social housing stock is used efficiently.
“I’m happy to be able to continue the vacant property programme and to support the local authorities in the provision of funding for these very worthwhile and important schemes for local authority tenants”.