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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Pace of house builds 'accelerating'

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English officially opened one housing scheme and turned the sod on another when he visited Sligo last Friday.

The sod was turned on the council's Knappaghmore Road scheme and afterwards the ribbon was cut on the Father O' Flanagan development at Forthill which consists of 22 two and three bedroom units at a cost of €3.7m.

The houses are designed to achieve at least an A3 BER rating. The Minister wished the new residents many years of health and happiness. The Minister also turned the sod at the Knappagh Beg site on the Strandhill Road, as well as announcing projects at Rosses Point and Collooney. The total value of the projects is €15m and they will deliver 57 new social units. "When Rebuilding Ireland was launched, we asked local authorities to accelerate the pace of housing delivery. I am pleased that Sligo County Council is responding to that request.

"Over the next few weeks, Sligo County Council will have 66 new units on site for delivery in 2019/20. The Council are also bringing forward proposals for another 149 new units at various locations," said the Minister.

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