Monday 27 May 2019

Council defend housing record at Oireachtas

John Manning

In a presentation entitled 'Funding and Delivery of Public Housing under Rebuilding Ireland', Fingal County Council's Director of Housing Margaret Geraghty has outlined the progress being made by the local authority as it tackles the housing crisis.

Appearing, along with Senior Executive Officer Mary Egan, before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on Wednesday (September 25), Ms Geraghty said the social housing needs of 3,422 families had been met since the introduction of its Social Housing Strategy in 2015.

The council officials told the committee that Fingal County Council exceeded its target for delivering social housing by 62 per cent between 2015 and 2017 having provided 2,241 homes.

Its target for 2018 alone is 1,637 homes, the second highest in the country, and higher than the target set for the previous three years.

'We are on track to meet this target and to date 1,181 homes have been delivered, which is 72% of the yearly target,' Ms Geraghty told the committee.

She added: 'The aim is for every household that has a need to be able to access an affordable home of good quality, which is suited to their needs and in a secure environment.'

Looking forward, she added that there are 26 active social housing sites across the region which will deliver 745 homes over the next two years.

There have been 121 houses completed under the direct build programme to date, Ms Geraghty told the Oireachtas committee.

Recently, the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid defended the council's record on housing delivery in a letter to the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD.

As well as outlining the council's performance in providing social housing, Mr Reid highlighted the council's efforts in stimulating construction within the private sector with Housing completions in Fingal up by over 70% year on year.

Fingal Independent