€2.1mto tackle151 vacant houses
SOME €2.1 million in funding is to be released to Fingal County Council to return 151 vacant properties around the county to social housing.
The move is a continuation of the Government’s aim under the Social Housing Strategy to deliver 47,000 housing units across the country by 2021 at a cost of €5.35 billion.
Deputy Alan Farrell TD (FG) said: ‘ This funding will create 151 new homes in Fingal for homeless households and families on housing waiting lists and will greatly assist our local authority in achieving a quick turnaround and re-letting times for vacant units.
‘ These measures will greatly reduce the number of vacant units in Fingal, and our local authority will continue to be supported in the remediation of any such vacant units that occur.’
Senator James Reilly (FG) also welcomed the funding saying it was the highest spend on any local authority in the country apart from Dublin City.
Senator Reilly said: ‘ 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.’