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Tulla social housing needs ‘a mix of people’

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*Photograph: Taka Aylelower Proposed social housing in Tulla needs to contain “a mix of people” so that it individuals struggling to get a mortgage have an opportunity to purchase a house there, East Clare councillors have stressed. In February, Clare County Council confirmed it had purchased a 1.83 hectare site which would delivery 22 social …

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Homeless man sleeps outside office of Clare TD

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A homeless man was forced to sleep outside the constituency office of a Clare TD. In what is believed to be the first time a person has had to sleep rough outside the door of a Clare TD, Timmy Dooley’s constituency office on the Mill Rd in Ennis provided some shelter for a homeless man …

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Bonds suggested as way to help home seekers

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Bonds have been suggested as a way to help young people make their way on to the property ladder in Clare. A joint motion from councillors, Pat McMahon, PJ Ryan and Pat Daly asked that “Clare County Council examine the potential to part fund its housing programme, through the bond option, which is popular in …

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Social housing residents could be charged for maintenance work

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A nominal fee could be charged to residents living in social housing as part of the planned maintenance programme. Senior Executive Engineer with Clare County Council, Tony Neville updated members of the Social Development SPC on the property surveys which have been conducted between June 5th and November 22nd on social housing throughout the county. …

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‘Squeezed middle’ unable to avail of Council house or afford a mortgage

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Income thresholds set for individuals trying to apply for social housing need to be reviewed, it was claimed. Aisling Corcoran of the Respond Housing Association briefed members of the Social Development SPC in Clare County Council on Wednesday last. She praised the local authority for looking at homeless hubs within the county but highlighted the …

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Demand to use derelict houses to solve housing shortage

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Pressure has been put on Clare County Council to avail of derelict sites to tackle the housing crisis that has gripped the country. At Monday’s meeting of the local authority, Fianna Fáil’s Pat McMahon asked that they “examine the potential of the Derelict Sites Act to acquire properties in towns and villages suitable for housing …

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Unlikely Carmody St site will be purchased to house homeless

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*Photograph: Geograph.ie Cold water has been poured on a proposal to purchase a site for sale in Ennis to accommodate the homeless.  At Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council, James Breen asked that they consider purchasing a building which is currently for sale at Carmody St in Ennis which in his estimates can “accommodate 100 …

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‘Ghettos could emerge’ in Clare without balance

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CONCERN has been expressed that “ghettos” could emerge in Clare due to a lack of proper social mix with housing. Cllr PJ Kelly is the longest serving member of Clare County Council and at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Social Development SPC, he warned of the potential risks that may arise if the local authority …

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