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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Revealed: Nine councils built 20 social homes or less in 2018

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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Nine local authorities built just 20 social housing units or less in 2018, according to new figures published by the Government.

They show that some councils built a tiny fraction of the 2,022 social homes built by local authorities last year.

Galway was identified as an area with “significant delivery challenges” and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has set a taskforce for boosting supply of social housing in the county.

The new figures show:

  • Clare County Council built just two social housing units itself
  • Leitrim County Council built seven
  • Westmeath County Council built ten
  • Offaly and Cavan County Councils both built 12
  • Galway City Council and Roscommon County Council both built 14
  • Sligo County Council built 16
  • Tipperary County Council built 20

A Housing Department statement said that 8,422 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2018.

Of these 4,251 were built but less than half of these - 2,022 - were built directly by local authorities.

South Dublin County Council built the most social homes - 266 - followed by Dublin City Council (264); Fingal County Council (169) and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (134).

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