Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Housing that a budget of €1.7m has been approved for the Cuan Iosa community housing project in Ballymote.

The project will see the final phase of the development begin – with the construction of 8 new homes.

Deputy Scanlon said, “The approval of this project is the final step in a campaign which has spanned more than 25 years.  The members of St. Vincent de Paul have been working on this project since the 1980s, to ensure that community housing is provided to those who need it.  This initiative has been one of the big successes of its time.

“At a time when elderly people, particularly those living in isolated areas, were being deprived, the St. Attracta’s Conference in Ballymote applied for funding for this project. Sixteen houses were built in the first phase, another 12 in the second phase and now the Department of Housing has granted final approval for 8 more houses to be constructed.

“These new homes – which will be mostly one and two bed units – will provide accommodation for older people, people with disabilities and disadvantaged families.  I hope that Sligo County Council will move quickly now to ensure that the construction phase can get underway as soon as possible.”