A Monaghan councillor has outlined his concerns over the housing crisis that is facing rural communities right across the region. Speaking at this week's Monaghan County Council meeting, Cllr Pat Treanor highlighted a number of issues that have arisen in the local housing sector.
These included the 'Rural Housing Planning Guidelines' which are currently being updated by the Government.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Cllr Treanor says he is aware of the scarcity of affordable housing across Co Monaghan, particularly in his own border area of Clones.
Cllr Treanor continued; "There is a need there for the Government to provide affordable housing throughout the county so that we can address the lack of housing.
"At the minute there is a lot of young people who would normally be out owning their own house, buying their own house or building their own house but because the construction sector is broken, that is not available, or what is available is simply far too expensive."
Cllr Treanor has called on the Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien to support and encourage the immediate construction of affordable housing units by temporarily removing the need for local authority contributions and facilitating the designation of affordable units in developments that are in the planning system or that have a grant of planning.