Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal said today that 4 new housing projects are to begin in the North County with a total investment of €19,970,000 as part of the first phase of the Government’s Social Housing Strategy.
“This announcement will bring investment jobs and houses to Dublin Fingal and I am delighted that we will receive almost €20 million funding as part of this first phase of investment, leading to 4 of housing projects.
“Funding has been allocated for the provision of 50 housing units in Lusk, 25 in Swords, 24 in Balbriggan and 8 in Ballyboughill. Investment in social housing projects is of the utmost importance and, as part of the Government’s social housing strategy, over €81 million is being allocated to Fingal County Council with the aim of bringing 1,376 housing units on-stream by 2017.
As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority this year, and the funding allocation to Fingal County Council aims to bring 1,376 social housing units on-stream over the coming two years.
“Nationally €312 million has been approved by the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for Housing, Planning & Construction, Paudie Coffee. An additional 1700 social houses will be ready by 2017 with an estimated 300 additional jobs in construction created. All will be completed by 2017.
“This is part of the Government’s €4billion social housing strategy to deliver 35,000 housing units by 2020 and to reduce the housing waiting lists by 25% nationally by 2017 based on the most recent housing need assessment report. It is the first major investment in local authority housing for many years.
“It is essential that the delivery of these housing projects is fast tracked to ensure that much needed homes are delivered to our constituency as quickly as possible.
“This is just one of the ways that we will be delivering social housing units and shows this Government’s commitment in addressing the need for more social housing here in Dublin Fingal.”