In June 2012, my Department invited each city and county council to submit proposals for the purchase or construction of new social housing units over the period 2012-2014. Kildare County Council submitted six proposals in relation to the purchase of houses at four locations within the county and the construction of 13 housing units at Athgarvan Road, Newbridge. Approval issued in July 2012 for the purchase of 4 housing units at a cost of €600,00 and the construction of 13 units in Newbridge at a cost of €2,050,000.
A proposal by Athy Town Council, submitted on 3 September 2012, to purchase and refurbish 10 houses at various locations within the town at a cost of €841,000 was received too late for consideration under the 2012 call for proposals. It will be a matter for Kildare County Council to resubmit the proposal under any future call for proposals for the purchase and refurbishment of properties.