“Four representatives from Castleblayney Housing Association, Sheila Cumiskey, John Donohoe, Regina McCormack and Fr Michael Jordan attended a meeting at Leinster House last Thursday with Minister Simon Coveney and myself on this important issue.
“I have to say it was a positive meeting with the Minister and his officials who took note of the concerns of Castleblayney Housing Association. This community centre was proposed as an integral part of the recently constructed housing facility for people with special needs. It’s very important that monies originally committed to by the Department are fulfilled.”
Deputy Smyth commented on the project, “Despite providing funding for the 18 unit housing facility in Drumillard, funding has not become available for the completion of the community centre, which will facilitate the interaction and training of the residents, enabling them to live independently.
“The foundations for this building are already in place. This delay has prevented potential residents from moving into the housing facility as it is essentially a building site, and unsuitable for people with special needs.
“We have asked the new Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and his Department to progress this issue favourably. I feel it was a positive meeting and I hope it will be progressive in getting funding allocated for this facility, which is so badly needed in Drumillard. I want to thank the Minister and his officials for meeting with us.
“Again I would reiterate my previous comments on this issue, we cannot let Department bureaucracy get in the way of ensuring that these people have a safe, secure and suitable home to live in”.