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Galway’s housing crisis 'more severe than Dublin' claims councillor

Tue, Aug 04, 2015

With 4,475 applicants on the housing waiting list, Galway now has a "bigger housing crisis" than Dublin and Limerick and the second highest number, in percentage terms, of families and individuals in the State waiting for accommodation.

This is according to Sinn Féin city councillor Mairéad Farrell, following research into the most recent available social housing waiting lists of the State's major local authorities. According to Cllr Farrell, Galway’s 4,475 applications come in at 5.9 per cent of the total population as per the 2011 Census. This is higher than Limerick (4.5 per cent), Dublin (4.1 per cent), and Waterford (2.8 per cent), although below Cork city’s figure of 7.2 per cent.

Cllr Farrell acknowledges that population figures will have "changed somewhat" since the last census, taken four years ago, but she says the trends "will have remained more or less the same", and the overall figures "show clearly that Galway has a proportionately bigger housing crisis, relative to population, than Dublin".


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