Local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan that Leitrim County Council is to receive almost €1.3m million in funding from the housing capital allocation.
The funding will support investment under the national regeneration programme, works to improve the standard and energy efficiency of the national social housing stock as well as meeting commitments under existing contracts for delivering social and voluntary houses.
“I am delighted to see this allocation being devoted to Leitrim, particularly given that the overall national housing budget had declined substantially in recent years. This money will allow the local authority to protect budgets for homelessness, regeneration, and grants for the elderly and disabled,” remarked Deputy Feighan.
“For some time now I have seen a steadily growing need for more social housing, and this money will allow us to deliver bigger numbers of social housing schemes in a variety of different ways. In total, this Government announcement today will see over €251 million being invested in these schemes this year alone.
“Leitrim will see €916,130 being spent on improving and regenerating the current housing stock while €375,000 is devoted to increase the housing supply in the county. This will include improving energy efficiency in council homes, as well as bringing vacant houses back into productive use,” concluded Deputy Feighan.
Labour Party Senator in Sligo-North Leitrim, Susan O’Keeffe said she was delighted to see this significant amount of funding being made available to the local authorities.
“The Minister has reaffirmed her commitment to regeneration. As we have seen elsewhere in the country regeneration is a long process and it needs the support of all stakeholders. The Minister has demonstrated her commitment with this funding announcement,” she said.