Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the allocation of €2.5 million in funding to Clare County Council, to tackle vacancy and dereliction across the county.
The funding is being allocated to Clare County Council in Call Three of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), a €150 million fund to tackle vacancy and dereliction in our towns and cities.
“This funding is of huge importance in light of the current housing and supply crisis we are experiencing,” said Deputy Crowe.
“To see properties lying idle in the centre of our towns and villages at a time when so many people can’t access a home is heartbreaking, so this funding will make a significant difference.
“This will work whereby local authorities will acquire vacant or derelict properties which are either not on the market for sale or to which the market has not responded.
“They will then offer these properties for private sale to individuals who in return will commit to bringing the property into use as a home.
“This also has the added benefit of allowing people to live and participate in their village and town centres – a trend which was one so common but in recent decades, has lessened significantly.
“I welcome my colleague, Minister O’Brien’s commitment to tackling vacancy and look forward to more positive announcements in the future.”