Housing report’s conclusions will be implemented

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The recommendations of the independent Deloitte audit carried out for Louth Local authorities following revelations about the county council’s social housing investment scheme will be fully implemented, according to the county manager Philomena Poole.

Ms Poole was speaking at her final meeting of Louth County Council. She is to become manager of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdowney.

“There is no denial that the system was weak,” she said, “but we have a baseline report and these recommendations will be implemented.

“That is a very strong place to be in.

“I have every confidence that the staff in housing will rise to the occasion and we will go from there.”

Earlier, Cllr Tomas Sharkey said the report found that there no evidence of professional procedures being followed.

“Properties were not meeting the council’s own requirements,” he said. “This report is saying there are recommendations for the future, but we have more to do to clean up all of this.”

Cllr Frank Maher said that unless the council l earns from what has happened, a report of this nature will lose some of its impact.

Cllr Imelda Munster said procedures were not followed and “this is shocking”.

Tributes were paid to the departing county manager by councillors, many of whom thanked her for ordering the report and all her professional contributions in her eight months in the job. Dundalk Town Council also paid tribute to her at its monthly meeting.


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