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Current housing crisis in Louth is of unprecedented proportions – Munster

22 March, 2016 - by Imelda Munster TD

Louth Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has addressed the current housing crisis in Louth where there are almost 5,000 people on the housing list. Deputy Munster also criticised the lack of concerted action for social housing build, with 70 acres of land zoned by the Council currently lying idle.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Munster said:

“In my constituency of Louth, housing waiting lists numbers are almost at 5,000. The authority is dealing with cases from up to nine years ago. There are 2,000 people in Drogheda alone on this waiting list.

“There are almost 70 acres of land banks zoned for social housing in Louth. The County Council is paying over three million in interest only loans per year out of the Local Authority budget. Despite these lands lying idle, there has been no concerted effort by means of a roll out of a social housing building programme.

“The obligations of developers under Part V of the Planning and Development Act that required them to incorporate 20% of social housing into their build has been slashed to 10%. This has helped to contribute to the current housing crisis which is of unprecedented proportions.

“What sort of person of conscience, let alone a minister with departmental responsibility for housing, would turn a blind eye to a crisis of such magnitude?” 

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