Ó Murchú: Additional Funding Need for Housing Maintenance

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that Louth County Council must make additional maintenance funding available for the Council’s housing stock as soon as possible.

Cllr Ó Murchú said:

“On Tuesday night at the Dundalk Municipal Council Meeting, councillors were informed that the current budget for housing maintenance had been completely exhausted. I asked if there was any possibility of the necessary funds being found and was told they were in the process of appealing to the Chief Executive for additional monies.”

A Budget meeting then took place on Wednesday.

Cllr Ó Murchú was at that meeting and said “the Chief Executive said she would make €400,000 to €500,000 available for housing maintenance which is to be welcomed but it is questionable as to whether this will be sufficient.”

“Housing repair works which are not completed in a timely way will have a longer term impact on the Council’s budget as these problems worsen over time. I am aware of cases in which Council houses are being left empty for long periods of time due to the lack of funding to bring them up to a habitable standard.

“The current housing shortage, which is the direct consequence of government policy, has also led to rising instances of sub-standard accommodation being used. We cannot permit housing stock in Louth to fall into disrepair.

“All of this needs to be taken into account in relation to the 2019 maintenance budget as part of the overall Council budget.

“There is a major problem with insufficient funding from central government for local authorities.

“Overall central government funding is less now than it was in 2014 and 2015 and there has been no taking into account of inflation or payroll restoration costs.

“This has been an on-going issue for the Council and they continue to represent to central government. In the meantime, tenants are left in the position that in spite of paying their rent, their landlord, the Council, is not carrying out repairs in a reasonable timeframe, if at all.”

Dundalk Man Raising Funds To Volunteer For Special Olympics

Wayne Mooney 1St. Nicholas’ Avenue man, Wayne Mooney is working hard to raise funds so he can volunteer at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles this July.

Speaking at Ard Easmuinn during a bag pack on Saturday, Wayne’s parents Michael and Breda explained how much it would cost. “We have to raise a total of €4,750” said Breda “and thanks to the generosity of the people of Dundalk, we are halfway there already. When Wayne first said he wanted to do this, his father and I thought that was great. Wayne has always been a credit to us, kind, thoughtful and very giving. We didn’t realise however, that there was no financial help for volunteers. The athletes will get sponsorship and quite rightly so, but for volunteers like Wayne traveling to help out, they have to fund themselves.”

Wayne’s father Michael said “he even has to find his own fare for the taxi to the airport. We are supportive of Wayne doing this and will do whatever we can to help out and make it happen. The Special Olympics is a fantastic event and we are so proud to be associated with them in any way.”

Wayne said “I want to thank Dunnes Stores for allowing us to do this bag pack here today. The staff have been so nice and the customers are very generous. The minute people see our Special Olympics t-shirts, they are willing to drop money into the buckets and are more than happy to talk about Special Olympics in general. It is such a great organisation and I am looking forward to being a part of it in July.”

With just under five months to go and about half the funds raised, the Mooney family are asking anyone who wishes to donate to please do so through their charity account in the Permanent TSB.

The details are:

IBAN: IE54IPBS99061423712886     BIC: IPBSIE2DXXX

The family again would like to thank everyone for their kind generosity and words of support.

Mum Breda and Wayne

Mum Breda and Wayne

 

Dad Micklo, Niece Nicole, Wayne & Mum Breda

Dad Micklo, Niece Nicole, Wayne & Mum Breda