Sligo County Council to take housing developments in charge

Move expected to reduce immigrant and local families on waiting list.

Sligo News File Online

Sligo’s growing immigrant population is expected to benefit following reports that some housing developments are to be taken in charge by the local authority.

Earlier this year, former Environment Minister Alan Kelly said that a number of measures were being taken to address homelessness by “securing a supply of accommodation to house homeless households and mobilise the necessary supports.”

The mix of immigrant and local families on the Sligo housing waiting list isn’t shown in the press statement issued today. However, the total currently appealing to be housed is understood be up at around 1500 and rising.

The government has “provisionally” approved funding to help the county council take the identified housing estates in charge.

According to the Central Statistics Office, 69,300 people came to Ireland in the 12 months to the end of April 2015, an increase of more than 8,500 on the previous year.

In the same period, nearly 89,000 people emigrated from the State.