Social Housing

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.


  • Five social houses are due to be completed in Bonniconlon by March 2020.

    Furthermore, the local authority also acquired two houses in an estate in Bonniconlon, which will be completed in the next month.

    The news was confirmed this week and has been welcomed by local Fine Gael Cllr John O’Hara.

  • The Government and local authorities need to build more social housing, to try and tackle the country's homeless problem.

    That's according to the CEO of Galway Simon, who was responding to a survey released this week which showed there were no properties in Galway City available for people on the Rent Supplement or Housing Assistance Payment earlier this year.

    The snapshot survey for the Simon Communities of Ireland was taken over three days during the month of May, and revealed that across the country, only 8% of properties were available to rent with no income limits.

    No properties were available on those dates in Galway City, Limerick or Portlaoise, while just one property was available in Sligo and Athlone within the rent supplement / HAP limits.

    The Simon Communities of Ireland say this is one of the main reasons that people are becoming homeless.

    Karen Golden is CEO of Galway Simon- and told Midwest News there is a decreasing supply of rental accomodation in Galway city

  • The Government is aiming to provide 576 additional social housing units in Mayo over the next four years.

    Today, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy will publish a report on Social Housing construction projects in the last quarter of 2017.

    The reports set out the progress made to date, as well as the social housing delivery targets for local authorities for 2018-2021.

    Its shows that 576 additional units will be provided in Mayo, 255 in Roscommon, 296 in Sloigo, 926 in Co Galway and over 1,000 in Galway city – through build, acquisition and leasing.

    In Mayo, the aim is to build 69 new units this year, two acquire two social houses and to lease 28, providing 99 additional units in the county in 2018.




  • A protest is taking place today outside the Ballina Civic Offices, over the lack of social housing in Mayo.

    Today’s protest has been organised by the Ballina Housing Action Committee.

    Joe Daly of Mayo People Before Profit was one of those protesting today.

    He told Midwest News that they are concerned about the high number of vacant properties in Mayo – 15,000 in total, 10,000 of which are not holiday homes.

    3,000 families are on the social housing waiting list in Mayo, with 500 of those in Ballina.

    Mr Daly says Mayo County Council need to look at purchasing some of these vacant properties by way of Compulsory Purchase Orders.

  • Respond Housing has purchased 12 houses in Ballaghaderreen.

    These are 12 three bed houses which will be home to 12 families from the social housing list in Roscommon.

    These 12 houses represent just over one fifth of the 55 households who have expressed a preference to live in Ballaghaderreen.

    While offers have been made to some families, Respond will host a viewing day for people who have offers to live in the new houses and those who have been nominated for the local authority. This viewing day will take place on March 26th.

    Respond expects that people will begin to move into the houses in early April.

  • Minister Eoghan Murphy has announced Social Housing figures delivered across the country, outlining individual figures per Local Authority.

    The figures show that progress is being made in Mayo as a result of a variety of solutions, being applied by Mayo County Council.

    The overall social housing target achieved is up by almost 20%, while the build, acquisition and leasing target is up by 12%.

    Overall the target for social housing delivery in 2018, under Rebuilding Ireland, was exceeded by 6% and the housing needs of over 27,103 households were met according to the figures.

    Simon Shevlin is the Head of Housing for Mayo County Council and told Midwest News that progress is being made.