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  • Northside East

Funding boost for Northside housing

Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 8:00am
Funding boost for Northside housing

Deputy Alan Farrell and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney.

Funding boost for Northside housing

Deputy Alan Farrell and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney.

A LOCAL councillor has vowed to ensure that the Government’s housing plan delivers for the needs of people in the north inner city.

Cllr Ray McAdam, a Fine Gael councillor for the area, made the vow after the Government announced it would be allocating €12.8 million to bring vacant Local Authority housing back into use in Dublin City.

And in a further boost for housing on the Northside, Fingal County Council is to receive €2.2 million. 

The funding has been allocated to the Local Authorities for the Voids and Derelicts programmes. 

The Voids programme, which commenced in 2014, provides funding support of up to €30,000 per unit. The Derelicts programme was introduced in 2016 to provide additional support to Local Authorities in remediating more seriously derelict social houses.

Cllr McAdam said returning vacant Local Authority housing to use is a key plank of Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney’s radical new housing plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland’.

“It is crucially important in helping to tackle our homelessness problem,” he said. 

“In addition, the Housing Agency is also being provided with €70 million of capital funding to engage with banks and investment companies to acquire properties for social housing nationally, which will deliver 1,600 units over the period to 2020.”

Cllr McAdam said other measures include a new Repair and Leasing Initiative to allow Local Authorities to provide financial assistance to property owners to bring vacant properties up to standard which can then be leased for social housing. 

“Capital provision of €6 million in 2017 will deliver 150 units under this new initiative,” he said.  

“A new Buy and Renew initiative will also support Local Authorities and approved housing bodies to purchase private housing units in need of remediation, renew them and make them available for social housing use. 

“An initial capital provision of €25 million will be available for this initiative in 2017.” 

Cllr McAdam added: “I am working hard with local Minister, Paschal Donohoe, to ensure that the Government’s innovative housing plan delivers for the north inner city and meets the housing needs of our people.”

Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar both welcomed the allocation for Fingal County Council. 

“I am working hard to ensure that Minister Coveney’s innovative plan delivers for the north county and assists those in need of housing,” said Cllr Farrell. 

Minister Varadkar said: “There’s no doubt that housing is one of the biggest crises afflicting Ireland, but it’s one that the Government is determined to tackle. And the Rebuilding Ireland strategy is starting to make serious inroads.”

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