25th February 2021 | Green Gazette

Council update: Green Councillors welcome funding for social housing improvements around Ireland

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Green Councillors around Ireland welcome funding for social housing retrofits

Green Party Councillors have welcomed the announcement of €35 million for the retrofitting of 1,293 homes around the country. The Programme for Government has set a target of retrofitting over 500,000 homes by 2030, of which it is expected that approximately 36,500 of those with be local authority owned homes.

Cork Cllrs Dan Boyle and Oliver Moran welcomed news that €4.3 million will be allocated to Cork City and Cork County Council, with a target of 162 of social homes to be retrofitted in the area.

“I’m delighted to see this being announced today,” Cllr Boyle said. “A further 96 Cork City Council housing units will be deep retrofitted for better heat and energy efficiency.”

“Warmer homes are better homes to live in and cheaper to heat”, Cllr Moran added. “One of the most frequent issues raised by tenants are poor conditions because of cold, drafts and damp. Local authorities can lead the way in both climate action and improving living conditions for all.”

The North West Green Party also welcomed the investment in social housing, with €543,249 allocated to Sligo County Council, €243,656 to Leitrim, €1,220,546 to Donegal, and €345,200 to Roscommon.

“Climate Justice means acting on Climate Change in a way that protects the most vulnerable in our society,” the constituency spokesperson, Dr Bláithín Gallagher said. “By retrofitting peoples’ homes, their fuel bills will fall dramatically, and their quality of life will increase in equal measure. We need to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whilst leaving no-one behind. These investments are a very positive investment in doing just that.”

Mayo Greens call for halt to proposed Achill viewing platform

Green Party representatives in Mayo have called on Mayo County Council to reassess plans for a viewing platform at Keem Bay in Achill. Representatives have proposed further consultation with the public, and particularly locals in Achill, on how the funding available for the plan can be used in a better way.

Local Green Party member Frank Cawley said the current plans could impact the beauty of the region. “A bigger car park with a viewing platform will not improve on this, there are more suitable locations in Achill for a signature tourism discovery spot,” Mr Cawley said. “There is no doubt that these plans will cause damage, both visually and physically, to Keem Bay. The roadway is not suitable for heavy traffic, and I don’t believe anyone would like to see another extension of the N5 autobahn up the side of Crohane.”