Shannonside local authorities’ multimillion-euro rental bill revealed

Shannonside councils have paid private landlords almost €18 million in rent over the past four years.

Roscommon County Council had by far the highest bill of the three local authorities, at €9.5 million.

Details released under the Freedom of Information Act show the three Shannonside local authorities have paid €17.87 million to landlords for rent for people in private-rental accommodation since 2015.

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This is mainly been made up of payments under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (Ras).

In total, Roscommon County Council paid more than €2.4 million in 2015, 2016 and 2017, while the bill for the first 11 months of 2018 was almost €2.2 million.

Longford council’s total bill across the same period was nearly €6.3 million, with €4.5 million under Ras and €1.8 million under leases.

In Leitrim, the local authority paid landlords €2.1 million, with €1.9 million for Ras and €220,000 for leases.