Council ‘respects’ right to highlight public concerns

Kilkenny County Council respects the right of elected representatives to voice the concerns of their constituents, but the council is responsible for implementing its housing policies, the local authority said in the wake of Minister Phil Hogan issuing a letter regarding the housing of a local family.

Kilkenny County Council respects the right of elected representatives to voice the concerns of their constituents, but the council is responsible for implementing its housing policies, the local authority said in the wake of Minister Phil Hogan issuing a letter regarding the housing of a local family.

The council said in a statement:

“Kilkenny County Council allocated the tenancy of its house at Bonnettstown, Co Kilkenny to a travelling family on 17th August, 2012. The family concerned took up occupation of their new home shortly thereafter and once they had obtained the relevant furnishings. The allocation of the tenancy was based on the particular housing needs of the family at that time.

“The management of Kilkenny County Council respects the representational role that elected representatives have and which is accorded to them under the local government code. As such it is the right of all elected representatives, both local and national, to highlight the views and concerns of the public they represent.

“It is the responsibility of the executive of the County Council to implement the policies and schemes, such as the Housing Allocations Scheme, in accordance with the terms of those schemes and as adopted by the County Council. Where there are individual circumstances that need to be taken into account and/or provided for, as was the case in this particular instance, then additional supports are put in place.”