City housing crisis to take '289 years' to deal with at current rate claims Farrell

Tue, May 26, 2015

Sinn Féin Galway City East Councillor Mairéad Farrell.

The Government’s plan to build 14 social housing units in Galway in 2015 has been condemned as "a mere drop in the ocean" by Sinn Féin's Mairéad Farrell, who added that at such a rate, it will take "289 years to meet the needs" of the city's housing waiting list.

At Monday’s council meeting, Cllr Farrell welcomed the building of the houses in the Ballymoneen Road area, but said the Government’s allocation shows "a complete lack of understanding of the extent of the city’s housing crisis", with 4,041 families on the social housing waiting list.

"If the Government continued to build 14 houses every year, it would take 289 years to meet the needs of the list," she said. "Although I may be the youngest councillor, even I don’t expect to be around to see that dream realised."


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