Leitrim County Council has only been allocated w16,500 for work on unfinished housing estates by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government this year.
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan outlined that Leitrim only received €16,500 out of a total €2.36m approved under the public safety initiative. This small figure was awarded to Leitrim County Council despite the huge publicity the county received for it’s large number of ‘ghost estates.’
Only 19 local authorities have received their funding before the end of 2011. Leitrim has the fourth smallest allocation and is insignificant compared to the €106k granted to Cavan County Council.
It was announced in the budget that those living in unfinished estates would be exempt from paying the €100 property tax, but details on the qualification of an unfinished estate are still waiting to be announced.