Govt approves €15m to refurbish 1,000 abandoned homes

More than 1,000 boarded up council houses around the country are to be refurbished under a new programme signed off by Government this lunchtime.

A fund of €15m has been put in place to pay for the work.

Under the plan, it is hoped many of the new houses will be available to new tenants in the coming months.

The Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan says the programme of works is positive for local communities as it removes an eyesore and a space that can often become a focal point for anti-social behaviour.

Breakdown by county

Carlow

Allocation - €173,000

No of boarded up house approved for return to use - 14

Local Authority Average Unit Cost - €12,357

Cavan

€183,000

8

€22,875

Clare

€400,000

20

€20,000

Cork City

€1,585,000

92

€17,228

Cork County

€1,181,000

87

€13,575

Donegal

€414,000

59

€7,017

Dublin City

€3,963,000

236

€16,792

Fingal

€823,000

52

€15,827

South Dublin

€440,000

35

€12,571

D.L.R.

€55,000

2

€27,500

Galway City

€243,000

21

€11,571

Galway County

€515,000

32

€16,094

Kerry

€304,000

22

€13,818

Kildare

€470,000

18

€26,111

Kilkenny

€264,000

10

€26,400

Laois

€178,000

14

€12,714

Leitrim

€75,000

5

€15,000

Limerick

€498,000

55

€9,055

Longford

€150,000

7

€21,429

Louth

€76,000

4

€19,000

Mayo

€364,000

50

€7,280

Meath

€616,000

31

€19,871

Monaghan made no application for this funding round.

It received funding to bring 11 homes back into use in April 2014.

Offaly

€289,000

19

€15,211

Roscommon

€66,000

6

€11,000

Sligo

€72,000

5

€14,400

Tipperary

€489,000

37

€13,216

Waterford

€464,000

23

€20,174

Westmeath

€220,000

26

€8,462

Wexford

€150,000

5

€30,000

Wicklow

€280,000

13

€21538

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