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09/08/2019

Funding boost for housing infrastructure in Ireland

Words: Roger Milne
Eoghan Murphy / Fine Gael

Irish housing minister Eoghan Murphy has announced €84 million in funding for infrastructure for 25 housing projects that should see nearly 1,800 homes built on council-owned land.

The schemes given the green light are in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow and Wexford.

They will be fitted out with sewerage systems, roads and bridges as part of a government scheme to upgrade public land for housing.

The financial support is coming from the Serviced Sites Fund (SSF), a €310 million pot for local authorities that was specifically established to deliver infrastructure on public land in order to fast-track housing delivery.

This is the second round of funding under the SSF. The first round last December provided €43 million for projects on seven sites in Dublin and three in Cork.

The minister said: “Unless the government steps in to bridge the gap, young couples and workers may not be able to afford to buy their own home in our cities and large towns.

“That’s why we are using local authority land to build more affordable homes for young workers and couples, and that’s why these approvals announced today are so important. The market will not fix our housing problems alone; the government must lead on providing more affordable homes.”

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