14 March 2014

€21 million Construction initiative to target social housing shortage and create jobs in Dublin Mid-West: Fitzgerald

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, has welcomed the Government announcement of over €21 million in funding for the construction of local authority housing in Dublin.

She said:

“As TD for Dublin Mid-West, I am acutely aware of the housing shortage in my area and throughout our capital city. I have raised this issue at Government level on a number of occasions and I am pleased that we are this week in a position to announce a €68 million Local Authority Construction Initiative.

“This programme will restart the local authority mainstream house building programme. It is particularly welcome news for Dublin – some €21 million will be targeted for new social housing in the city and across the county.

“This essential investment is critical for tackling the increased social housing waiting lists and demonstrates this Government’s commitment to addressing this serious issue.

“The Government is also targeting €15 million investment to bring vacant local authority housing back into use, another key step in reducing pressure on the social housing lists.

“The €68 million local authority construction initiative is just one part of this Government’s strategy to provide high quality homes for families in 2014, including:

· A €15 million fund to bring back into use vacant local authority houses
· A €35 million investment over 2014 and 2015 for housing for people with a disability, people without a home and the elderly
· A €30 million investment in 2014 to improve the energy efficiency of local authority housing
· A €10 million fund to kick start resolution on the remaining unfinished housing developments

“These initiatives will create vital jobs in the construction and sustainable energy sectors in local communities across the country, including Dublin Mid-West”.