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Friday 23 August 2019

Wexford left out of housing funding as money already allocated to all projects

WEXFORD is one of only two counties in the State to be omitted from funding announced last week by Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O'Sullivan under the Capital Assistance Scheme, which provides accommodation for people such as the elderly and disabled.

Leitrim is the only other county of the 26 to have to go without a cent of this year's allocations.

However, Liz Hore of Wexford County Council's Housing Department explained that rather than being a snub, the reason Wexford was left out is because approval has already been given and funding previously allocated for three such schemes within the county.

' We have no new proposals in for 2012 to 2014 as we have already been approved for three capital projects which have not commenced yet but which are at tender preparation stage with the expectation to move to completion in 2013,' she said.

These three capital projects represent an investment of €3,326,757 for the County and consist of Ard Aoibhinn in Coolcotts, which will cost €1,708,852 and provide housing for people with special needs; another scheme at Kilanerin in the north of the county, which will provide housing for the elderly at a cost of €667,905; and another scheme for housing for the elderly in Rathangan, which will cost €950,000.

Meanwhile, Minister O'Sullivan did last week announce €1.7 million for Wexford, for ten new Local Authority housing units. A total of €950,000 will be spent on 5 houses to accomodate people with special needs, three of which will be in Gorey and two in Wexford town. The remainder of the €1.7 million will be spent on five two-storey dwellings in Walnut Grove in Wexford town.

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