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Govt to spend another E50m on housing

Tuesday, May 13 14:57:27

The Government today said it will spend an additional E50m in capital expenditure on housing this year.

This breaks down in to an additional E20m to bring long-term vacant units back into beneficial use. This is in addition to the E15m the Minister announced in April; an additional E20m for the construction of mainstream social housing in local authorities with the largest housing need. This is in addition to the E68m investment the Minister announced in March and a E10m boost to funding for people with a special housing need, with a particular focus on the construction and refurbishment of units for people who are homeless.

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan, today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin.

"This is a significant investment that will make a real difference to families in need of social housing throughout the country in 2014. It is a sign of the Government's commitment to the provision of high quality social housing and I will be working with colleagues to ensure that further progress in terms of capital spend is achieved over the coming years."