'That's not good enough,' Council criticised for social housing provision in south Carlow

Councillor reprimands Carlow County Council and tells them to 'get act together'

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Cllr Willie Quinn

Carlow County Council has been criticised for its social housing provision in south Carlow. 

Cllr Willie Quinn excoriated the local authority at this month's meeting of Bagenalstown Municipal District when Director of Services, Michael Brennan, was providing an update on social housing provision. 

Mr Brennan said he intended to bring Part 8 proposals for social housing in Borris before members "as soon as possible" and that a "mapping exercise" is underway at present. 

Cllr Willie Quinn said: "I'm an elected representative for the area. That's not good enough. It's going on since last April. There are a shortage of houses and it's very important we get a fair share. 

"We would want to be ready to go with them this year."

Speaking after the meeting, he said: "The Part 8 proposals were for two houses on Main Street beside the Garda station and ten over Station Yard in Borris but that's gone down to eight now as far as I understand due to changes in legislation.

"We understood the Part 8 was ready to go last June but it didn't happen." 

He added that the Council needed to "get its act together" and deliver social housing for the south of the county.