Social Housing Targets Less Than Half The Number On Social Housing List

Council targets for providing social housing in Clare this year are significantly lower than the number of people on the social housing waiting list in this county.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has published targets on the number of houses each local authority is expected to build in 2018.


Clare County Council will build 29 houses, acquire 35 and lease 100 in 2018, under new targets set out by the Housing Minister.

While a further 737 will be provided through the Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Schemes.

The overall figure of 901 is less than half of the over 2,000 applicants currently on the social housing list in the county.

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.

Over 2 and a half thousand homes were completed across the country by the end of 2017, 3,650 were under construction and the building of just over 19 hundred homes was about to commence.

The Housing Minister says he wants 41 thousand homes completed by the end of 2021.

Niamh Randall of the Simon Communities says the progress is welcome, but insists we’re still in a crisis situation.