Peadar and Emer Tóibín at the rally
Figures obtained by Meath TD and Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín have shown that Meath has the 4th lowest number of Local Authority homes in the state.
He told Meath Live,
“This is shocking. There are 4,000 people on Local Authority waiting lists in Meath at the moment and yet Meath has the 4th lowest number of Local Authority Homes in the state, I have extrapolated figures from the National Oversight and Audit Commission. It’s extraordinary but counties such as Longford, Louth, and Waterford have twice the number of Local Authority homes per capita than Meath. Indeed, out of the 26 counties of the state 22 are doing better in terms of the provision of social housing”.
“While this is shocking its not surprising. Research that I have carried out previously has shown that Meath is at or near the bottom of practically every investment indicator in the country. Our local authority has one of the lowest investments levels in the state. Our mental health services are the lowest in the state. We have the largest town without a rail line in the country. Our Garda headquarters has been moved out of the county and now FF and FG want to move out A&E out of the county”.
That at a time of massive housing need and spiraling rental costs which is forcing people into homelessness and out of the county the FF/FG/Green government is presiding over a disastrously low investment in Local Authority Houses in Meath. This is especially frustrating given that at least 3,000 empty houses are sitting vacant in the county. Aontú is calling for an immediate tax on vacant homes and sites in the country. We are calling on Meath County Council to issue CPOs on empty and derelict homes. Aontú is calling on the government to provide a grant to help people get these vacant homes into use. We seek a rent cap now and for the government to increase the funding of social housing in the country to bring it up to at least the state average.