Over 600 vacant Limerick homes returned to use as social houses in past decade

Mininster for Housing Darragh O'Brien. Photo: Government Information Service.

MORE than 600 vacant homes across Limerick city and county have been returned to active use as social homes in the past decade.

That’s according to figures published recently by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien, reflecting the impact of the government’s Voids programme.

The figures show 629 homes have been returned to social housing use across Limerick since 2014, with government funding of €10.6million.

73 such homes were returned to use last year.

The Voids programme supports local authorities in preparing vacant homes for re-letting in an effort to bolster housing stock and combat dereliction.

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Nationwide, 23,315 homes have been returned to use since 2014 under the scheme.