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Thursday, 18th February 2021

Greens welcome €1.8m for social housing retrofits in Louth/East Meath

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The Green Party local rep Anthony Murphy.

The Chair of the Louth East Meath Greens, Anthony Murphy, has welcomed the announcement that €967,316 is to be allocated to Louth and €857,205 to Meath under the Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme for Social Housing, with a target of 68 social homes to be retrofitted across the two counties.

Anthony Murphy welcomed the investment to improved social housing in Louth East Meath as a key commitment in the Programme for Government:

“Reaching our goals of a carbon-neutral future will require a massive investment in retrofitting the national housing stock, its right and just, that this should begin with those in social housing first” Murphy said. “No one should be left behind. At the core of the Green agenda is social Justice.”

“The Programme for Government has set a target of retrofitting reaching over 500,000 homes by 2030, of which it is expected that approximately 36,500 of those being local authority-owned homes.

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“Approximately 40% of Ireland’s energy-related carbon emissions come from buildings alone, making retrofitting key to achieving Ireland’s objective of reducing its carbon emissions by more than half. Retrofitting ensures these homes will be easier and cheaper to heat, allowing for more comfort and better air quality.”

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan said: “Since the original scheme began in 2013, over 73,500 local authority homes have undergone energy efficiency works, but this was, for the most part, wall and attic insulation works.”

“This revised programme focuses on a much deeper retrofitting, ensuring that the fabric of the home is upgraded and an energy-efficient heating system is provided.

“This will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the residential sector and help Ireland reach its greenhouse gas emissions. Importantly, it will result in warmer, more comfortable homes which will benefit the health of all those living in them.”

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