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23/10/2021

Carlow County Council inspected 156 private rented dwellings out of a target of 400

Of those inspected, a total of 85 failed

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Carlow County Council offices on the Athy Road

Carlow County Council has revealed that it inspected 156 private rented dwellings to date this year out of a target of 400. 

However, Cllr Ken Murnane - who saw the housing report as it was given to members - revealed at this month's full Council meeting that out of the 156 inspected, a total of 85 private rented dwellings failed the inspection which the councillor said was a concern. 

The local authority has also delivered 67 social houses this year with a balance of 90 to be delivered by early next year.

The housing figures from Febuary to August of this year were provided to councillors by acting Director of Services, Michael Brennan.

Meanwhile there were eleven homeless people in emergency accommodation. 

Sinn Fein Cllr John Cassin said he did not want Carlow to end up in the national headlines like the case where a young family had to sleep overnight recently in a Dublin Garda Station and asked if there were contingency plans in place to prevent this from happening. 

Housing officer Josephine Kavanagh said the Council would work to ensure a similar situation would not occur. She added that Gardaí had her phone number and those of other housing officials in case of out-of-hours emergency. 

Cllr Michael Doran said Carlow was a "very procative county as regards housing". 

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