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Changes to Housing Selection Scheme Announced

Changes to the Housing Selection Scheme in Northern Ireland come into effect this week. The Housing Selection Scheme and Common Waiting List governs the allocation of all permanent social housing in Northern Ireland. It has been in place for more than 20 years and changes are now being introduced to ensure that those in greatest […]

Community Dáil Éireann Government Louth Politics

‘Huge and Disgraceful Rents’ Are Adding to the Cost of Living Crisis! – Ó Murchú

‘Huge and disgraceful rents’ are adding to the cost of living crisis which necessitates a ban on rent increases, Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú told Taoiseach Michéal Martin in Leinster House last week. The Dundalk TD raised the issue of the cost of living crisis, along with the issue of housing, during questions to the Taoiseach […]

Community Election 2022 Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann

Kelly Welcomes Social Housing for Aghagallon  

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed the awarding of a Land, Design and Build contract of a social housing scheme in Aghagallon just off Aghalee Road in the lands at Parknasilla Way.    Mrs Kelly said;   “The SDLP have been at the fore front of efforts to deliver more social housing in the […]

Community Dáil Éireann Government Louth

More Home Support Carers Needed – Ó Murchú

Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Ruairí Ó Murchú has called on the government to act urgently to ensure carers are available for people who need home support, after new figures revealed shocking numbers of people have been left without much-needed carers. Figures released to Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disability and Carers Pauline Tully TD by […]

Community Lurgan Upper Bann

Mackle Calls for Empty Properties to Be Made Habitable

Sinn Féin Council Group leader Liam Mackle has called on private landlords who own empty properties to make them habitable. Cllr. Mackle said, “We are currently in the midst of a housing crisis, which will take time and money to tackle, and thankfully my party colleague Deirdre Hargey has introduced important plans on this. However, […]

Community Louth

Is Long-Term Leasing a Housing Crisis in Waiting? – Byrne

Each year the Council sets out its aims and targets for delivery of its services and this year’s plan has been described as ‘vague, un-ambitious and a missed opportunity’ by Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne but she was especially critical of the inclusion of the ‘Long Term Leasing’ delivery plans. Cllr Byrne is opposed to […]

Community Election 2022 Government Politics Stormont

Pressure Building in Housing Market as House Prices & Waiting Lists Increase – Aontu

Aontú Deputy Leader and Fermanagh/South Tyrone Rep Cllr Denise Mullen has raised serious concern over the rapidly increasing pressure average house prices increase by over £25,000 pounds since January 2020 and housing waiting lists increase. Cllr Mullen: “Since January 2020, the average house price in the North has increased by over £25,000. That’s more than […]

Community Dáil Éireann Government

Fianna Fáil Welcomes ‘considerable’ Improvements to Tenant Purchase Scheme

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has welcomed new changes to the Tenant Purchase Scheme which have been introduced by the Housing Minister and will come into effect from the 1st February. Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “A very welcome change is the decision to enable pensioners to purchase their own council home.  The […]

Banbridge Community Politics

Action Needed to Address Social Housing Waiting Lists – Lockhart

DUP MP Carla Lockhart has called for the Communities Minister to take decisive action to increase investment in social housing in Upper Bann, considering ongoing waiting lists showing 43,000 people waiting on housing across Northern Ireland. Carla Lockhart said: “On a weekly basis my office deals with many people who are in housing need. It […]

Community Politics

Hargey Sets Out Plans to Deliver Over 100,000 Homes

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey set out her plans to deliver over 100,000 homes, as her draft Housing Supply Strategy is launched for public consultation. Minister Hargey said: “This Strategy is to deliver 100,000 plus homes over its 15 year lifetime. I want at least a third of these homes to be social homes. These homes will […]