Sinn Fein want to get as many vacant properties as possible in Ardee and Mid-Louth to be purchased by Louth County Council and made available to families that urgently need them.
And Ardee Municipal District councillor Pearse McGeough (above left) is asking for the public’s help in helping locate these vacant properties.
His party say the housing crisis in Co Louth has reached a ‘critical point’ and today they have launched a new campaign targeting vacant and abandoned homes.
“There are 537 families on the housing list in the mid-Louth area as at the end of December with another 94 on the transfer list,” McGeough said, pointing to figures provided by the council at this month’s monthly Municipal meeting.
“It is unacceptable to have vacant or abandoned properties lying idle while there are families in need of a home. What I am asking the public to do is if you know of a vacant or abandoned property, please let me know and I can pass the information onto the relevant department in Louth County Council.
“The Council can try and take possession of the property through Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and hopefully it will become a family home,” McGeough continued.
“The area will also benefit as vacant or abandoned properties can detract from an otherwise nice street or community. They can give a ‘run-down’ look to an area and attract vermin or anti-social elements,” he said.
McGeough urged anyone who knows if vacant properties in the area to contact Sinn Finn with the full property address at: [email protected] Councillors Joanna Byrne and Kevin Meenan have today announced the same campaign in Drogheda and Dundalk respectively.
This comes after Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd claimed there was 600 vacant properties in the Ardee and Mid-Louth area and called for the introduction of a tax to incentivise owners to put their vacant properties on the mark.