Doyle is 'fed up' with wait for social housing transfers

The councillor says people are "being left in limbo"

Barry Landy

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Doyle is 'fed up' with wait for social housing transfers

Fine Gael councillor Maria Doyle

Fine Gael councillor Maria Doyle has aired her frustration over what she claims are long waiting lists for social housing tenants awaiting transfers.

Speaking at last week’s Dundalk Municipal District meeting, the Carrick Road-based representative said people were having to wait far too long for transfers, despite already qualifying for a move.

“These people have been deemed that a transfer is appropriate but yet are made to wait a long time,” she said.

“I’m fed up of putting in representations about transfers. I’m not sure it’s acceptable that people who need a transfer should be left in limbo for so long.”

As of the end of January this year, there were 176 applicants on Louth County Council's list awaiting a transfer within social housing, including 17 applications from the Approved Housing Bodies.

That figure is down slightly on the back-to-back figures for December and November which stood at 178 and 181 respectively.

12 months ago, the social housing transfer list stood at 165. However, the March 2018 figure shows the council are not making much headway with the list.