Fianna Fáil TD for Laois Sean Fleming has criticised the Government over its decision to abolish the funding available to Local Authorities to help complete outstanding works at unfinished housing estates.
Deputy Fleming made the comments after receiving information from the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy which shows that 420 housing developments remain unfinished around the country.
Deputy Fleming said, “Minister Murphy’s department has traditionally provided funding to Local Authorities to help complete outstanding works in unfinished housing estates. These works often include finishing roads, installing pavements, footpaths and putting adequate lighting in place. These works are vital for the health and safety of children who live in these estates. These works allow the Local Authority to take these estates in charge.
“However I was astonished to learn that the Government has decided to abolish funding for 2017 and 2018 to Local Authorities to help complete these works.
“It’s unfair that the Government is seemingly abandoning thousands of people living in these estates in cities and towns throughout the country. People bought houses in these estates in good faith and now they find themselves in an unfinished development through no fault of their own.
“This is something which I will continue to raise with the Government as I believe funding is necessary to help complete outstanding works at these estates once and for all,” concluded Deputy Fleming.