New Mayor Issues Warning On Social Housing

County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan.

New County Mayor, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan has spoken very passionately about the issues he will encounter in his term as mayor. Speaking to the County Leader he said, “It is a great honour to be chosen as mayor of one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland. Our coastline is as beautiful as anywhere in the country,” he said. He is especially passionate about the housing situation in the North County. It is an area he is familiar with. A particular bugbear of his is the number of derelict sites in the area, which need to be looked at and certain estates, which need to be taken in charge by the council. National legislation needs to be changed to enable the council to take stronger action.

County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan.

County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan.

 

New County Mayor, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan has spoken very passionately about the issues he will encounter in his term as mayor. Speaking to the County Leader he said, “It is a great honour to be chosen as mayor of one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland. Our coastline is as beautiful as anywhere in the country,” he said. He is especially passionate about the housing situation in the North County. It is an area he is familiar with. A particular bugbear of his is the number of derelict sites in the area, which need to be looked at and certain estates, which need to be taken in charge by the council. National legislation needs to be changed to enable the council to take stronger action. Housing waiting lists are increasing, but the provision of social housing is not increasing. The number of units that are required are not being delivered. Government policy on social housing is not good enough,” he said. He spoke about the need for urgent action to be taken in this area. “There is a huge amount of housing under NAMA, yet there’s very little of these being utilised for community usage and social housing. There’s a need for a return on these properties and if they were used in this way, there’d be a return on them. The local authority only implements the national policy – it does not create it. Something needs to be done to keep the social housing issue at the top of the list. The Government needs to up their game here, otherwise social housing will disappear,” said the new mayor.

County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan.

County Mayor, Cian O’Callaghan.