With the housing crisis in County Louth at critical point Sinn Féin have launched a new campaign targeting vacant and abandoned homes and are asking the public to get involved.
Drogheda Councillor Joanna Byrne said “There are over 1,050 families on the housing list in Drogheda as of the end of December with another 435 on the transfer list. It is woeful to see vacant or boarded up properties lying idle while there are families in need of a home.”
“What I am asking is that if there is a vacant/abandoned property in your community, please let us know and we can pass all that information onto the relevant department in Louth County Council. The Council can try and take possession of the property through Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and hopefully it will become a family home.”
“The area will also benefit as vacant/abandoned properties can detract from an otherwise nice street or community. They can give a ‘run-down’ look to an area and attract vermin or anti-social elements.”
If you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area please email the full address to:
Cllrs Pearse McGeough and Kevin Meenan will be leading the same campaign in Mid-Louth and Dundalk respectively.