Social Housing Targets “Deeply Concerning” Says Ennis Sinn Féin

Local authority targets for social housing have been described as “depressing and deeply concerning” by a representative of Ennis Sinn Féin.

The Housing Minister has set out building targets for the coming year, which will see less than half the number of units being provided in Clare than the number of people on the social housing waiting list.

Clare County Council will build 29 houses, acquire 35 and lease 100 in 2018, while a further 737 will be provided through the Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Schemes.


258 homes were provided in Clare through building, acquisition and leasing in 2017, but Minister Eoghan Murphy claims significant progress is being made on the construction of social housing nationally.

Cathaoirleach of Ennis Sinn Féin Tommy Guilfoyle, who’s a member of the local authority’s housing committee, has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that he doesn’t believe that’s the case.