Tuesday, 8th July 2014
- €2.8 million to renovate vacant units across Cork City and County will create homes for 179 families.
- Cork City Council is to be allocated more than €1.5 million in Government funding to turn 92 vacant units across the city into homes
- Cork County Council is to receive almost €1.2 million to refurbish 87 housing units.
- Nationally €15 million has been allocated nationally to bring 1,008 vacant local authority units into use.
Refurbishing vacant houses so that they can again be used as homes is fundamental to meeting demands for social housing. In recent years a high number of local authority homes in Cork have been left vacant and boarded up, which is a complete waste. This funding will help turn vacant units back into homes for 179 families.
The Government is allocating €1,585,000 to Cork City Council, which will allow work to be carried out on 92 vacant properties, so they can be brought back into use. Cork County Council will receive €1,181,000 which will turn 87 vacant units into homes.
Less than three months ago the Government announced €1,280,000 to help City Council renovate 94 houses. At that time almost €1 million was allocated to Cork County Council to refurbish 68 units. This represents significant investment to help tackle the housing waiting lists.
It has been reported that there were 520 vacant units across Cork City, taking both rounds of funding into account, funding has been provided to renovate 186 units. This will return 35% of all vacant units back into family homes.
So far this year, €30 million has been invested nationally on the refurbishment of vacant local authority houses. This programme will increase our social housing supply quickly and I hope that both City and County Councils can use this funding as soon as possible to deliver homes for 341 families.
Not only will this funding provide homes for families it will also create much needed jobs. I am pleased that Councils are being encouraged to use community based organisations who recruit, train and engage long-term unemployed people for the refurbishment programme.
Parliamentary Question for Minister for Education (Ruairi Quinn TD)
For WRITTEN ANSWER on 30/04/2013
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress being made on developing new schools in the Cork city, Douglas and Carrigaline areas; if Rochestown will be considered as a possible location for a new secondary school in view of the increase in population in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Three new post-primary schools are planned for the Cork South Suburbs/Carrigaline school feeder areas (Douglas and Rochestown are included in the South Suburbs area). The first of these is a Gaelcholáiste that will commence operation in September 2015 under the patronage of the Cork Education and Training Board. The other two are English medium schools which are scheduled to open in 2016, one under the patronage of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust and one under the patronage of Educate Together. The site for the Gaelcholáiste has already been identified in Carrigaline.
Officials from my Department will be working with the local authority to identify sites for the remaining two schools. The location of the schools will be dependent on site availability and suitability.