Longford council hits back at Martin over social housing

Longford County Council appears to have hit back at comments made by Micheal Martin about the lack of new social housing units in the county.

In an interview on Shannonside FM this week, the Fianna Fáil leader was critical of the alleged lack of new-builds by claiming only six units had been constructed in Longford last year.

However, the council has issued a statement confirming their construction plans for 2017 and 2018, which will include work in towns and villages across the county.


Micheál Martin speaking on Monday morning about the response of Fine Gael and local authorities to the housing crisis

In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the council appears to have hit back at the Fianna Fáil leader by confirming 20 new social housing units will be on stream by the end of the year.

According to the local authority, 16 units in Drumlish and four in Ballymahon are in the process of being built and all of these houses should be occupied before the end of 2017.

The construction of four houses in Lanesboro is also due to begin before the end of the year, while construction of 21 more new homes across the county for 2018 is also in the pipeline.

This will include
• 4 houses in Edgeworthstown.
• 5 houses in Ballinalee.
• 9 houses in Granard
• 3 houses in Abbeylara.