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Housing queue is 'held up by gardai'

FAMILIES eligible for local authority houses are facing a seven-month wait to move in because of the garda vetting delays, a council has heard.

People who move to the top of South Dublin County Council's housing list are now having to wait months before gardai give them the all clear.

There are currently 251 outstanding garda checks in the area, from 33 stations in Dublin and beyond.

The council has said it will raise the issue with gardai after a motion was passed calling for a 28-day maximum wait.

The motion was tabled at the council's monthly meeting by the Mayor, Cllr Marie Corr (Lab).

She called on garda management to give a commitment to the 28-day limit.

Cllr Corr said there were tenants in rental "purgatory" waiting to move, and were "at the mercy of how busy a garda station is".

Cllr Cathal King (SF) said the problem was a "burden" to both applicants and council staff.

He said it was costing money because houses left vacant for months were attracting anti-social activity and being damaged.

A council spokesperson said the authority was aware that demands for garda checks had grown significantly over recent years and that the matter would be discussed at a future Joint Policing Committee.