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Ó Murchú insists it is vitally important Halliday Mills social homes are delivered

Ó Murchú insists it is vitally important Halliday Mills social homes are delivered

Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has sought an update from Louth County Council officials regarding the development of the Halliday Mills complex, formerly Ard Dealgan, on Quay Street.

The Sinn Féin representative made queries on the project during the recent meeting of Dundalk Municipal District.

Last week Talk of the Town revealed that proposed new developers Randleswood Holdings Ltd were hoping to expand the capacity of the planned social housing units from 68 to 77. It had been hoped to open the units this year but that hope died early in the year when Celtic Social Housing Developments Company Ltd pulled out of the works.

Cllr Ó Murchú said: “Louth County Council officials have informed me that the redevelopment of the site is a complicated process.

“There have been many false dawns regarding the delivery of the 60 plus social housing units which it could yield.

“I am informed that currently a planning application from the proposed developer is going through a validation process and that Louth County Council are in support of the proposal, in principle.

“Although there may still be a long wait before families are actually living in Halliday Mills it is a crucial piece of infrastructure for Dundalk.

“The realisation of these homes will ensure that Louth County Council continues to achieve the targets set by Government in as part of Rebuilding Ireland.

“More importantly it will mean that over 60 families will have a home of their own in which they are not subject to the whim of a landlord solely concerned with profit making.

“In addition the completion of this project will ensure that there is no scope for the serious anti-social behaviour which was a feature of this site for many years.”

Councillor Ó Murchú concluded by saying that Louth County Council would update him over the coming weeks.

“I asked officials at the Dundalk Municipal District meeting for an update regarding the timeline for delivery of these homes.

“Officials have said that they will revert to me in due course.

“I will continue to press Louth County Council to ensure no time is lost in the delivery of Halliday Mills.”