FORTY-FIVE NAMA properties have been identified in County Sligo that might be suitable for social housing, it emerged at the December meeting of the county council.
The houses are in Sligo Town, Carney, Coolaney and Tubbercurry.
Councillors heard that the Department of the Environment and the Housing Agency had been working with NAMA to identify suitable vacant properties attached to loans managed by NAMA, and to secure the properties identified for social housing.
Properties may remain in the ownership of the original borrowers.
Others will be controlled by receivers appointed by NAMA.
Director of Services Dorothy Clarke, in response to a motion from Clr. Sean MacManus, said that the Housing Agency had confirmed that it was now working through a list and would be in contact with the council in weeks.
Clr. MacManus said there were about 510 applicants on the county council's housing waiting list, many of whom were families in urgent need of social housing.
He said there were close to 700 on the borough council's housing list.
Clr. MacManus added that he was disappointed that only 45 properties had been identified throughout the whole county.
And although Clr. Macmanus said there was a need for more social housing in the county, Ms. Clarke said there was not a demand for social housing in Tubbercurry.