Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the Government’s allocation to Leitrim County Council of €149,000 to make 10 vacant houses available for use in the county.
“There is a housing shortage across the country. Families in Leitrim are in need of homes. This significant investment will make a huge difference to people in the area,” he told the Leitrim Observer this week.
“Empty houses regularly attract anti-social behaviour; they are unsightly and negatively impact local areas. We want to bring new life into these properties and to turn them into homes once again.
Under the same initiative €152,000 has been allocated to Roscommon County Council to make 15 vacant houses available for use.
“This investment will not only benefit the individual families who are allocated a new property but it will enhance the community. It is good news for builders and good news for small businesses,” said Deputy Feighan.
“This €15 million national investment is just one of a number of measures being introduced by the Government to deal with public housing issues. €68 million will be invested nationally to build 449 new homes for families and €30 million will be spent in 2014 to upgrade the energy efficiency of the least well insulated local authority homes,” the Roscommon/South Leitrim Deputy concluded.