EXCLUSIVE: Council pushed ahead with €1.1m land purchase without department funding

Ian Cameron

Reporter:

Ian Cameron

EXCLUSIVE: Council pushed ahead with  €1.1m land purchase without department funding
This week the Dundalk Democrat examines in detail how Louth County Council proceeded with a €1.1 million purchase of land using council funds, despite no green light for its funding from the Department of Environment, Housing, Local Government and the Gaeltacht (DEHLG).

This week the Dundalk Democrat examines in detail how Louth County Council proceeded with a €1.1 million purchase of land using council funds, despite no green light for its funding from the Department of Environment, Housing, Local Government and the Gaeltacht (DEHLG).

The four acre plot of land at Plaster, Kilkerley was purchased in 2008 for social housing despite numerous questions being raised along the way about the price paid for it, its suitability and why the plot of land was chosen for such a project.

Documents obtained by the Dundalk Democrat show the purchase of the land proceeded despite numerous council executives raising concerns about the land’s suitability for development and despite the fact that the planned development did not meet a number of the Department of Environment, Housing, Local Government and the Gaeltacht’s (DEHLG) guidelines for the project.

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