Donegal County Council officials have held a ‘constructive’ meeting with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien this week.
The meeting, which took place on Wednesday, saw a delegation of representatives highlighting the urgency of families requiring emergency assistance in unsafe homes.
The council said there will be further discussions and engagement from the Minister “very shortly”.
A statement from Donegal County Council this morning said the motions of the meeting related to the enhanced scheme, temporary modular housing and an emergency fund to deal with a number of urgent cases.
A spokesperson from the council said: “The meeting was constructive, and the delegation highlighted concerns in relation to a number of families who require immediate emergency assistance. In particular, the delegation emphasised the need for the €15,000 grant that is planned under the enhanced scheme for alternative accommodation to be made available urgently for these families. The Minister indicated that he was anxious to find a solution to this issue, and it was agreed that there would be further clarification very soon. It was also agreed that there would be further discussions on modular homes.
“The Minister welcomed the fact that Stage 1 applications are now progressing since his Department issued clarifications to the Council on the decision making parameters, and noted that the Council has already approved 54 applications since the clarification was issued. It was also noted that where it was not possible for the Council to approve applications, that they would be referred to the Housing Agency for determination.
“The Minister confirmed that the regulations for the enhanced scheme would be drafted by January, and that he also planned to facilitate payment of stage 1 fees to applicants who have made application since February 2022, as quickly as practically possible.
“The delegation highlighted the particular urgency of the families requiring emergency assistance, and the Minister indicated that there would be further engagement very shortly in this regard.”