ACCORDING to Ratoath Councillor Nick Killian, Chair of MCCs Housing Comittee "we now find that Meath County Council have no land available for the construction social housing in our part of County Meath."
Councillor Killian claims that this adds "insult to injury" in a time of a national housing crisis that is very prevalent in Meath and is calling on Meath County Council to immediately contact all of the state agencies in Meath, in particular the HSE who own land all over the county, to have these available lands, where possible, transferred to the local authority for availability to construct social housing for some of the 4468 residents currently on our housing list.
"We are dancing on the head of a pin trying to find ways of housing provision through many areas, yet when it comes to Meath County Council
building we now do not own land in any of the four major towns in the Ashbourne and Ratoath Municipal Districts.
"In my own village of Ratoath the HSE have sat on land since 2001 and did not develop the paediatric unit they promised. These lands in Ratoath are lying idle with the HSE continuously refusing to develop a local service for the 12,000 residents of Ratoath Parish. I am saying to the HSE, either use it or lose it."