Ballinrobe is accommodating almost four times more homeless people in the town in comparison with the county town of Castlebar, and according to local councillor Damien Ryan that is unfair and disproportionate.

He raised the matter at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, as he called for clarification from management on the distribution of emergency accommodation being provided across the county.

He sought figures on the geographic spread of accommodation under a number of  headings - emergency, refugees and general social housing needs.

A 33 page report on Housing in the county was presented to councillors at this week’s meeting, by Director of Services, Tom Gilligan.

The report confirmed the “heavy lifting” being done by Ballinrobe compared to other major towns in the county when it comes to accommodating “homeless people” or people seeking “emergency housing”.

The Fianna Fail councillor says he has now secured a commitment from council management that this unfair distribution of housing provision, without the necessary support facilities will not continue.

He has been speaking to Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley...



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