Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Local Government Performance Indicators and Public Spending Code: National Oversight and Audit Commission

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I have been critical of Cork City Council here but one thing I can be very positive about is what it has done in the area of affordable and cost-rental accommodation. It is really leading the way in that regard. We have met representatives of a number of local authorities at this committee and some have not even started on that. Cork City Council is a frontrunner in terms of affordable and cost-rental accommodation but how do we get the other local authorities up to speed on that? It is all about delivery.

The last point I will make is that I am hugely concerned about the homeless figures. As the NOAC report indicates, they are on the increase. Is there any further contribution the local authorities could make to help to tackle that issue?


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