Over €2 million has been allocated to counties in the Shannonside Northern Sound Region under the Retrofitting Programme for Social Housing.
The 2021 Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme is a newly revised programme seeing upscaling from a ‘shallow’ to ‘deeper retrofit’ on a target of 2,400 social homes nationally.
This programme is being rolled out to help the Government’s target of reducing carbon emissions by more than half in the next 10 years.
Minister for Housing,Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, stated this morning that the allocations were calculated on the number of social housing units each local authority has, as a percentage of the overall national stock, as well as the ability of individual local authorities to complete the programme and draw down all funding in 2021.
Longford has received the largest allocation in the region at over €520,000 for 19 homes, followed closely by Cavan at over €518,000 also for 19 homes.
Monaghan County Council will receive funding to retrofit 15 homes at a cost of almost €407,000.
In Roscommon there will be 13 homes completed with an allocation of just over €345,000, while Leitrim received the smallest allocation locally at €243,656 for 9 homes.
The news has been welcomed by local representatives who say it will make for warmer, easier to heat social housing as well as creating sustainable jobs in local communities throughout the region.