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Housing Minister defends Longford Council over social housing record

May 10, 2023 13:54 By Shannonside News
Housing Minister defends Longford Council over social housing record
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The comments come following a report that showed Longford County Council not directly building any social housing last year.

The Housing Minister has defended Longford County Council over a report it failed to build any social homes last year.

Local authorities in Longford, Kildare, Galway City and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown were included in the report.

Minister Darragh O'Brien says councils are not the sole providers of social homes - which are also built by approved housing bodies. Longford County Council transferred a number of homes to social housing associations last year including Tuath and Cluid, with work beginning shortly on a major multi million euro revamp of homes in Granard.

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Minister O'Brien says approved housing bodies provide a considerable amount of these homes.

''Homes delivered by local authorities are homes delivered by our approved housing bodies, we've said it clearly we need homes from both, they're all social homes. We've planned already that in Dublin and Cork in particular that 50% the social housing delivered will be delivered by the approved housing body sector.''

 

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