Mayo County Council is to receive close to half a million euro in funding from the Department of Housing.
The local authority has secured €463,078 in Department funding under the July jobs stimulus.
The funding will be used for the refurbishment of existing social housing stock within the county so that they can be re-let to individuals and families on the Local Authority Housing List.
The news was welcomed by Minister for Agriculture, Dara Calleary.
He said it will go some way to alleviating housing list pressure in the county: “This is significant funding for Mayo County Council and we will be asking them to take immediate steps to ensure that work on refurbishing vacant homes begins straight away,” said the Ballina TD.”
Deputy Calleary said there will be knock-on benefits for the local economy and tradespeople.
“The funding will make extra social housing stock available and will have a positive knock-on effect in economic terms for local builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc,” said Mr Calleary.
“In the programme for government we committed to reducing Ireland’s homeless numbers and to making available extra housing stock to our local authorities.
“In the July stimulus, we committed to getting Ireland back to work after the horrific effects of the pandemic and this funding of half a million euro will help Mayo-based tradesmen to get back into employment,” he said.
Mr Calleary urged Mayo County Council to carry out the necessary refurbishment works as soon as possible: “I am pleased that the funding has been secured and I trust that the Council will now proceed to undertake the works as a matter of urgency.”