Council reveals 24 social homes in Limerick metropolitan district are awaiting repair

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Limerick councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh asked for a breakdown of the number of local authority homes vacant

Limerick councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh asked for a breakdown of the number of local authority homes vacant

SOME 24 social homes in the Limerick metropolitan district are awaiting repair before they will be relet, figures released show.

Sinn Fein member Séighin Ó Ceallaigh asked for a breakdown from Limerick City and County Council of the number of local authority homes vacant.

He was told in a written reply by Dave Hennessy, the acting senior executive officer, that there were some 24 properties with works yet to be completed, or awaiting works.

Two properties were offered out, while licenses have been signed on a further ​one.

Cllr Ó Ceallaigh said building new homes was the only way to tackle the housing crisis.

“(The) Government seem content with pumping taxpayers' money into landlords pockets,” he said.

Meanwhile, the council does not have a specific budget to install environmentally-friendly street lights, it emerged at this month’s meeting.

Sinn Fein councillor Malachy McCreesh asked if the council had a specific fund to replace former sodium bulbs with LED lights.

In a written answer Kieran Lehane, director, said the overall budget for street-light replacement county-wide is €1.8m.

As stocks of sodium bulbs run out, council will replace these with LEDs, the director added.