Earlier this year, I met with local authority Chief Executives to discuss the progress made in their local area, in terms of delivering on the social housing targets under Rebuilding Ireland.
In 2018, 4,251 new build social housing homes were delivered, a very significant 85% increase on the 2,297 new builds in 2017. The target for 2019 is substantially increased further, to over 6,200 homes. With this in mind, ambitious targets for this year have been set for each local authority, details of which are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at : http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/social-housing-targets-2019/.
A full breakdown of 2018 delivery across all the programmes for each local authority is available at: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-eoghan-murphy-publishes-breakdown-of-social-housing-delivery-in-2018-on-a-local-authority-basis/. Q1 2019 data is being finalised and will be published on the Rebuilding Ireland website shortly.
The Deputy can be assured that I and my Department are committed to continuing to support the Galway local authorities in delivery of housing. In that regard, I established a Galway Social Housing Task Force, chaired by Ms. Geraldine Tallon, former Secretary General, earlier this year and I look forward to that Task Force progressing its work over the coming months.