Posted by Seán Kyne TD in News.

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources and TD for Galway West, Seán Kyne has today welcomed the allocation of over three quarters of a million euro by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney to Galway City and County Councils.

The allocation is part of a €9 million national fund to help local authorities with the taking-in-charge of housing developments.

Commented Minister Kyne: “One of the negative impacts of the economic crisis was on the ‘taking in charge’ process whereby recently-completed housing developments are brought under the remit of the City or County Council.

“Difficulties emerged regarding the completion or maintenance of infrastructure such as footpaths, lighting or water and waste-water connections.

“The problem is now being tackled by Minister Coveney’s ‘National Taking in Charge Initiative’ which will see funding of €762,220 being allocated to Galway City and County Councils.

“The funding will benefit over 1,500 households across 36 housing developments in Galway at locations including Moycullen, Oughterard, Barna, Claregalway and Athenry and will help the City and County Councils to ensure that developments are properly completed and maintained.

“Minister Coveney has said that this initiative should be seen in the context of the Government’s forthcoming Action Plan for Housing. Funding provided through Local Authorities will support the provision of new infrastructure to support the development of high quality homes for all.”