Dunboyne councillor Damien O’Reilly is strongly suggesting people should actively seek to explore the grant aids that are available to help refurbish vacant houses.

He told Meath Live, “The expanded Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant provides a fantastic opportunity for even more people – from every part of the county – to refurbish vacant properties with the aim of converting them into their homes, enabling them to live in towns, villages and rural areas across Meath. “This scheme provides real practical help. It helps address vacancy through sustainable reuse ofbuildings, it helps revitalise our communities and, most importantly, it helpsmore people to own their own home.”  The expanded grant now includes eligible vacant properties in towns, villages, and more remote rural areas across Meath.The scheme’s expansion will help bring vacant and derelict properties back into residential use and ensure the existing housing stock is fully used. Under the Croí Conaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant €30,000 is available to homebuyers to refurbish a home which they will live in. Where a property is derelict, a maximum top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 will be available, bringing the total grant available for a derelict property up to a maximum of €50,000.The grants can also be combined with the SEAI Better Energy Home Scheme that coversworks of up to €26,750.