Questions asked over Carlow's housing tenants repair requests deemed 'ineligible'

Over 1,200 repair requests lodged by Carlow's social housing tenants in six months

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Questions have been asked over social housing tenants requesting repairs and the Council's refusal statistics with one councillor asking how many of the requests were deemed "ineligible". 

It comes after last week Carlow Live revealed that there were over 1,200 repair requests lodged by Carlow's social housing tenants in six months.

However, speaking at this month's meeting of Carlow County Council, Cllr Will Paton asked: "How many (of the requests) were refused as ineligible for repair? Does the Council have statistics of how many were refused as ineligible? 

"Could we get a copy of what is eligible for repair? Tenants ar reporting issues with their front door, windows, heating systems."

Cathaoirleach of the Council, Cllr Brian O'Donoghue, said the simplest way to put it was that the "Council were responsible for anything structural". 

Director of Services, Michael Brennan, said there is a tenant handbook that sets out the tenants' responsibilities and "we have responsibilities as well".