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Tuesday 6 December 2016

North County Dublin: Over 100 new social housing units to help tackle waiting lists

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Alan Farrell, Fine Gael deputy for Dublin North
Alan Farrell, Fine Gael deputy for Dublin North

NORTH Dublin County will get 107 new social housing units in the first round of Government investment to tackle waiting lists.

There are currently 8,400 applicants awaiting social housing in Fingal County Council and the Herald can reveal that 100 people were taken off the list in February and April.

Earlier this year, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly announced the Government's Social Housing Strategy to be rolled out by 2020. In the first phase of the plan, €19.9m is to be given to Fingal County Council to build the houses at four locations in north Dublin.

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Under the proposals there will be 50 housing units in Lusk, 25 in Swords, while Balbriggan has been allocated 24 new units. Ballyboughal will see the smallest number of houses with just eight units planned.

Fingal County Council has been allocated €81m from the planned spend of €500m to ease the social housing shortage in Dublin.

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The council has been tasked with bringing 1,376 housing units on-stream by 2017 through a mixture of new builds and leasing.

"It is the first major investment in local authority housing for many years," Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal said.

"It is essential that the delivery of these housing projects is fast tracked to ensure that much needed homes are delivered to our constituency as quickly as possible," he added.

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