Council officials criticised over ‘out of date’ Limerick housing report

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Council officials criticised over ‘out of date’ Limerick housing report

Cllr John Sheahan: “We need a housing officer here – not somebody inside in Limerick who doesn’t give a monkeys”

MEMBERS of the Newcastle West Municipal District have said documentation circulated to them  ahead of a recent meeting was out of date and embarrassing.

During a discussion on a progress report from the Housing Development Directorate, several councillors said some of the information in the report was not accurate.

While it stated that three local authority houses had been allocated across the municipal district during March, some councillors said they were aware of other houses that had been allocated but were not on the list.

Concerns were also raised about figures relating to the number of vacant properties and the number of houses which are currently undergoing refurbishment works.

“The list is not accurate,” said Cllr Liam Galvin who told the meeting he was aware of works being done in Abbeyfeale which were not included in the report.

The former mayor also referred to correspondence he received  which confirmed a two-bed house in the town had been allocated on March 13.

However, this was not contained in the report.

Cllr Seamus Browne said the report was “an insult to our intelligence” and that councillors need to know how an out of date report was circulated ahead of the meeting.

Cllr John Sheahan said the lack of a dedicated housing officer for the municipal district was contributing to the confusion.

“We need a housing officer here – not somebody inside in Limerick who doesn’t give a monkeys.”

He also criticised the ‘bundling’ of refurbishment works into larger contracts.

Cllr Jerome Scanlon also expressed his frustrations with the contents of the report saying it was embarrassing.