Housing Department failing to spend total amount of allocated funding

A local elected representative claims the lack of a skilled workforce and major anomalies around the planning process are contributing factors to vast amounts of funding that the Department of Housing has failed to spend.

More than €380 million was returned to the exchequer by the Department over the last four years.

The news was confirmed to the Public Accounts Committee with a total of €246 million related to an underspend on housing delivery.

It’s emerged that the department of housing has been struggling to spend the entirety of its budget over the last number of years, despite the housing crisis.

Ballymote Tubbercurry Fianna Fáil Councillor Paul Taylor says the lack of work force and a planning system which makes it too easy to lodge objections is to blame.