Fingal County Council urged to apply for share of massive €3.8 billion social housing fund

27 November 2014

Labour TD Brendan Ryan has called on Fingal County Council to ensure it applies without delay for its share of the €3.8billion social housing fund announced this week.

“We have a real social housing need in Fingal, and this week's announcement by Minister Alan Kelly to deliver 35,000 homes across the country over the next six years is greatly welcome. Indeed this is the biggest investment in social housing in the history of the State.

 

"Now I am urging Fingal County Council to submit applications to this fund, to address the social housing problem. New rules put in place by Minister Kelly mean that the County Council will take a strong leading role in social housing provision in Fingal, where previously it was mainly the job of private operators.


“I also welcome confirmation from Minister Kelly that the State will also support up to 75,000 new houses through enhanced private rental sector supports.

 

“As Chair of the internal Labour committee on Housing, I and my colleagues in the Labour Party lobbied Minister Kelly hard to ensure there was a significant social housing provision in the recent Budget, and today’s news of a massive investment plan shows we have delivered on that work.

 

“The local authority here in Fingal must ensure it gets its application in order and send it to Minister Kelly without delay, to ensure the work of providing homes for families in Fingal begins.”