Local social housing strategy gets €43m boost

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

Over €43 million has been allocated to Kilkenny County Council for social housing projects here to meet the Government’s strategy for 2020.

Over €43 million has been allocated to Kilkenny County Council for social housing projects here to meet the Government’s strategy for 2020.

Minister for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan confirmed the allocation this morning. It’s part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November.

The funding will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate some of those currently on the housing waiting lists. Kilkenny is above average with over 41% to be accommodated.

“This illustrates the Governments commitment to social housing,” said Minister of State Phelan.

“Throughout my years on Kilkenny Council and indeed, since entering Government, I have worked tirelessly to assist constituents in both Kilkenny to attain suitable housing. This is a good news for the Constituency and for the many families and individuals in aid of good quality, suitable housing. This announcement also stands to create over 340 jobs in the constructions sector.”

Each local authority was asked to bring forward housing unit targets and specific building projects out to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015.

Local TD John Paul Phelan has also welcomed the news, saying the allocation will help significantly reduce the waiting time and waiting list for local authority housing across the city and county. The Fine Gael TD said it would also help stimulate job creation.

“Across Kilkenny this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 349 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years,” he said.

“This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.”