Large number of vacant social homes brought back into use across the region

Almost 1,800 vacant social homes were brought back into active use across the North West under the Voids Programme.

The figures were recently released by the Department of Housing.

The data, which was gathered from 2014 to 2023, showed Donegal had the highest amount of vacant homes brought back into use, with 1,074.

That was followed by Sligo with 492, and Leitrim with 207.

Just over 21 million euro was spent on refurbishing these homes across the region.

2.7m was spent in Leitrim, with 7 and a half million spent in Sligo.

Donegal saw a spend of 11m euro.

Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, praised all three local authorities in the North West, adding that each county’s use of the Voids Programme would make significant difference to a large number of households across the region.