Council Insists Traveller Accommodation Funding Will Be Spent

Housing, Mortgages

Over 127 thousand euro in government funding for traveller accommodation in Clare has yet to be drawn down.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has revealed that while over 169 thousand euro was allocated to Clare County Council for traveller accommodation last year, the local authority has drawn down just over 42 thousand euro.

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Figures released to the Dáil show that a number of local authorities haven’t taken all of the money allocated to them for traveller accommodation, with nearly four million euro throughout the country unspent.

Clare County Council has been allocated just over 169,000 euro, with just 42 thousand drawn down so far.

But the local authority says its overall allocation has been earmarked for three separate traveller accommodation projects, which are at varying stages of development.

29,194 euro has been spent on works at the pumping station at St John’s Park in Deerpark, Ennistymon, which have now been completed, while a contractor has been appointed for further works there costing 40,000 euro.

The remaining 100,000 has been set aside for the Ballaghboy General Housing Scheme on the Quin Road, and a tender process for design consultants is currently underway.