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Morgan says removal of applicants from housing list is ‘deeply worrying’

Morgan says removal of applicants from housing list is ‘deeply worrying’

Local election candidate Oliver Morgan has hit out at the removal of applicants from Louth County Council’s housing list, describing it as “deeply worrying.”

According to the Meadow Grove man, the local authority are removing people from the waiting list for “the flimsiest of excuses.”

He also said he agreed with the view expressed by local TD Declan Breathnach earlier this week that it would take well over a decade to provide accommodation to all those currently on the list.

Morgan said: ”It is deeply worrying that Dundalk`s housing waiting list figures are being ruthlessly massaged downwards by the housing department of Louth County Council availing of the flimsiest of excuses to take long-standing applicants off the waiting list.

“I concur completely with the concerns expressed recently by Deputy Breathnach that, at the current rate of housing provision, it will take 16 years to provide accommodation for those currently on the list-and this is the massaged list.

“How many applicants have been arbitrarily removed from the housing list? Dozens? Scores? Hundreds? Or could it possibly be nearer a thousand?

“Why the secrecy? Could the housing department please confirm how many applicants have been removed per year over the past five years?

“But, obviously, what Dundalk really needs, as soon as possible, is a couple of thousand houses/apartments.

“Could we possibly do something dramatic like appointing a Dundalk housing provision supremo?

“I understand that Mr Anthony Abbot-King of the Louth County Council planning department has a background in major accommodation provision. Why can’t Mr Abbot-King be appointed as housing provision supremo? Surely, if ever there was a time for thinking outside the box, that time is now.”

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