New figures released to Fianna Fáil reveal that only 106 housing units have been commenced by Monaghan County Council since January 2015.  That’s despite the fact that 205 units had been approved in that time.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she’s becoming increasingly worried about the housing situation in the county given the fact that there are almost 1,000 people on the housing list.

Deputy Smyth commented, “Despite a series of promises and plans from Minister Simon Coveney, the situation on the ground clearly demonstrates that there has been no real acceleration of housing completions under this Government.  There are 966 applicants currently on the housing list in Co. Monaghan but only 106 housing units have been commenced since January 2015.  This is deeply worrying and further highlights the need for a coherent housing strategy incorporating the refurbishment of vacant units and negotiating with NAMA for developments.

“There were 205 homes approved for social housing in the past 2 years, but only 106 have been commenced.  That’s barely more than half of the approved stock – what has happened to the other 99 units?  There appears to be a disconnect between the local authority and the Department of Housing, which must be addressed.  These are much needed homes, which should be brought on stream as a matter of urgency.

“There are dozens of families across Co. Monaghan languishing on a housing waiting list while the Department fails to get to grips with the escalating housing crisis.  Nearly 30 applicants have been waiting more than 10 years for approval.  This is a devastating situation for these people and one which should not be tolerated.

“The Government’s latest action plan does not appear be returning results in Monaghan.  There have already been 6 people presenting to homeless services in the county so far this year.  Instead of announcing a succession of grand plans which fail to deliver, Minister Coveney must ensure that decisive action is taken by local authorities to ensure that housing provision is dramatically increased”.