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Sinn Féin welcomes Government moves on Central Heating for local authority housing

26 July, 2004

South Monaghan Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy has welcomed the statement from Minister Noel Ahern today (Monday 26th July) that the government is to initiate an investment programme to install central heating in those 45,000 local authority houses across the state that are currently without adequate heating systems. Cllr. Carthy said that this move was a key demand of Sinn Féin in the run up to June‚s local elections and he was happy that the government had finally taking this vital proposal on board.

Cllr. Carthy said:

"It is welcome and long overdue that Minister Ahern has announced that the 45,000 local authority houses without adequate heating systems are to have proper central heating installed. This was a key demand of Sinn Féin councillors for some time and it will be a huge relief to many individuals and families that the government have finally acknowledged the importance of this proposal.

"It is quite right that the 7,600 local authority homes without heating systems that are occupied by elderly persons will be prioritised. My only concern is that the €15m that has been allocated this year may not be sufficient to make satisfactory in-roads into the necessary works on these homes. I feel that this figure will need to be increased significantly and I would call on the Minister to ensure that adequate funding is allocated to provide central heating to all elderly council tenants this year.

Cloughvalley OPDs

At a local level I hope that this announcement will mean that the remedial works scheme for the OPD‚s in Cloughvalley, Carrickmacross can be initiated immediately. The residents of these houses have been waiting for far too long to have adequate heating installed and other necessary works completed. I will continue to pursue this matter with Monaghan County Council in a bid to have central heating installed before these residents have to endure yet another winter in sub-standard conditions."ENDS

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