first_imgFianna Fail Cllr James Pat McDaid has claimed the housing situation across Donegal is at crisis point and only FF’s new policy can come close to solving the problem.Cllr James Pat McDaidAfter attending the FF Ard Fheis in Dublin at the weekend, Cllr. McDaid told the Donegal Daily that rather than just complaining about the current crisis, Fianna Fail is actively working on solutions.“Our recently launched roadmap on housing states that we will build 150,000 new homes nationwide, support 80,000 first time buyers, create 80,000 jobs, empower 20,000 new local authority homeowners, and secure homes for our elderly,” he added – optimistically. The New Mills based Cllr told the Donegal Daily : ‘Like every other electoral area in Donegal, Letterkenny has a very serious social housing crisis. He said: “The Letterkenny urban area with its population of over 20,000 people has only 6 housing units proposed for 2016. The area which has approx 16 main centres of population does not have any social housing construction projects under ongoing at this time.This county has a massive housing crisis with well over 4,000 applicants in need of social housing. Many others who are also in need of housing do not qualify under the current criteria.”Cllr Mc Daid added: “The Dail was told during a debate on housing last year that only 1 social house was built in Donegal in each of the last 3 years and this is totally unacceptable. The Council’s official figure for housing needs shows 2,750 on waiting lists. We have close to 350 on rent allowance and a further 175 have a leasing arrangement through the Council. When all the housing needs are calculated it is my belief that by the end of this year the waiting lists could be more than 5,000 in the county.Our strategy will include the introduction of a first time buyers saving scheme to help 80,000 families starting out get the money together for a deposit on their new home. For every €200 saved the government will add €50 to help meet the deposit. It’s time for a new vision. There can be no more boom and bust construction. What we need are the right homes in the right places and a planning system that sustains that. We have to get Ireland building again. The lack of home building is killing the dream of home ownership.  We will strengthen the rights of local people to build and own a home in their local area in rural Ireland.We will revise housing density levels in order to ensure homes are built where families want to live in, not where they will be forced to live, thus helping rural areas sustain their population base and help ease the pressure on urban centres.It is our intention to make sure that in this country every family should have the security of being able to own their own home and thus have a place to call their own and raise their family in.Fianna Fail is the only party committed to building homes and actively helping people to buy them.It is also our aim to ensure that our elderly live independently in their own homes as long as possible. A vibrant Ireland is one where all age groups remain as the heart and soul of society. Fianna Fail will fully re-instate the Housing adaption grants to help ensure their homes are re-furbished to accommodate them in their later stages of life.This policy will build more homes, create more jobs, help more first time buyers, empower more local authority tenants and secure more elderly people in their homes,” he concluded.FIANNA FAIL CAN SOLVE DONEGAL HOUSING CRISIS – CLLR McDAID was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalhousing crisisJames Pat McDaidlast_img

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