The Department of the Environment has come in for criticism amid claims it is handing out money to local authorities for the purchase of new housing stock when a growing number are falling into disrepair.
Cllr Michael Connellan said he struggled to figure out why some of that financial aid couldn’t be assigned towards refurbishing existing council units.
“The Department is giving us money to buy houses and yet won’t give us money to do up our own houses,” he stated at last week’s monthly meeting. His remarks were given the support of Independent Cllr Mae Sexton.
Continuing, Cllr Connellan said: “I can’t understand why we have to use our own funding to do up our own houses and yet the Department are giving us money to buy new houses.”
Town Clerk Dan Rooney said there was nothing incorrect in what Cllr Connellan was saying.
“We (council) have brought that up with them on numerous occasions,” said Mr Rooney. The Leader, has since, attempted to seek confirmation and further explanation from the Department of Environment about the strategy. At the time of going to press on Tuesday, no formal response had been issued.