McFadden welcomes €370,000 in funding to refurbish 33 vacant houses in Westmeath and Longford

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed €370,000 to bring back into use 33 vacant local authority houses in Westmeath and Longford.

The allocations to Westmeath and Longford County Councils, announced today by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, is part of €15m in funding to refurbish 1008 vacant local houses nationally.

“As Minister O’Sullivan has said, this is a positive programme that increases social housing supply quickly.

“This investment of €220,000 to refurbish 26 houses in Westmeath and €150,000 to bring 7 houses back into use in Longford will also create and sustain many jobs in the construction sector.

“Minister O’Sullivan has said she expects many of the new homes refurbished under this programme to be tenanted in the coming months.

“Today’s announcement will mean that almost 2,000 vacant houses nationally will now be returned to beneficial use.

“This €15m in funding follows on from the same level of funding provided in April to kickstart the refurbishment of 953 vacant local authority houses nationwide.”