14 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council are urging Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan to sanction a proposal that would see the county’s unfinished housing estates put to job creation purposes.
Members at their September meeting adopted a proposal from Sinn Féin’s Sean Conlon, seconded by his party colleague Brian McKenna, calling on Minister O’Sullivan to pursue employment creation initiatives for the currently beleaguered construction sector by having housing developments left unfinished as a result of the economic downturn completed and made available to local authorities for the purpose of social housing.
A proposal was also passed calling on the Housing Minister to enhance the planning guidelines for local authorities dealing with unfinished estates.
In a course of a debate prompted by an in-depth presentation from Council official Ben Clerkin on the status of the 38 unfinished housing developments in the county at present, councillors also gave support to a proposal from Fianna Fáil’s Robbie Gallagher, seconded by Seamus Coyle (FF), calling on Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to instruct the banks under his control to engage in an urgent and meaningful way with Monaghan Co Council in order to resolve problems in unfinished estates. Members also endorsed the proposal of Brian McKenna, seconded by Co Mayor …

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