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Mayo’s ‘Paltry’ Rebuilding Ireland allocation slammed

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‘OUT OF TOUCH’Cllr Michael Kilcoyne said the Department of Housing are ‘out of touch’.


Anton McNulty


The Department of Housing were accused of being out of touch with reality after Mayo County Council was allocated €1.8 million as part of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan allocation for 2022.
The details of the allocation were outlined to councillors at yesterday’s (Monday) monthly meeting of Mayo County Council where councillors from all sides criticised the amount given. A sum of €1,840,000 was allocated to Mayo County Council for the scheme which was described as a ‘paltry sum’ and will not give young people much opportunity to live in the county.
Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne pointed out that the allocation meant a total of ten applicants could only get a loan of €180,000 each and questioned how department officials think the amount will be enough to deal with the housing crisis in the county.
“More than ten people will look for home loans in the ten months left in the year and if these guys in Dublin don’t know that it is no wonder the way things they are. You would need to be given ten loans per day to try and help people who cannot get loans. It shows how out of touch they are,” he said.
South Mayo councillor Patsy O’Brien said that there was no help for young people to build their own homes and with the increase costs in building it was forcing people out of rural Ireland.
“There are thousands of people willing to build their own houses if they get some support from government. Are the young people getting any support from the government? The answer is nil. I got a call from a young man who had plans to build his own house and he was notified this morning that the windows he was to put in had gone up by 33 percent. That is the predicament you are in. I am concerned the young people are getting no chance because they don’t want people to live in rural Ireland and that is the bottom line,” he said.
Foxford councillor Neil Cruise also criticised the allocation to Mayo and added there was an over reliance on social housing in the county.
“This is to me a shambles. This will help two people in each municipal district and there is nothing to help people to get on with building their own house. The way we are trying to operate is try to build more social housing. It might be one part of the solution but it is not the solution and not the golden ticket to get this problem sorted. There has to be a genuine admission from government there is a problem and we have to help people. People are not looking for the world but this is farcical,” he said.
Director of Services with responsibility for housing, Tom Gilligan accepted that the allocation was small but if there is greater demand for loans, there is an opportunity for the council to apply for a larger allocation.
Meanwhile a survey from Daft.ie has revealed that the average cost of rent in Mayo is now €915 per month, up 77 percent from its lowest point.
Rents in Connacht rose 20.1 percent year-on-year, and reflecting very low availability just 108 homes were available to rent on February 1, down 22 percent compared to a year ago.
In Mayo, rents were on average 20.1 percent higher in the final quarter of 2021 than a year previously. The average listed rent is now €915, up 77 percent from its lowest point.

 

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