Sinn Féin candidates in the Stranorlar electoral area have called for immediate action on what they have described as a ‘housing crisis’ in the Finn Valley area.

According to Cllr. Gary Doherty and his running mate Liam Doherty there are currently 64 empty Council houses in the area, and many of these are boarded up. There are currently 2,104 on the waiting list for social housing in the county.

Cllr. Gary Doherty said: “This is a draining indictment of the policies of successive Governments and the lack of investment in social housing in Donegal. This situation shows the real impact of austerity on ordinary families in the Finn Valley. The Government needs to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”

His colleague, Liam Doherty, is in agreement saying: “The residents in these estates are left looking at these eye-sores, which are a blight on the appearance of otherwise well-kept estates. That is not to mention the couple of thousand of people waiting patiently to get a council house.”

Both candidates also claimed that the empty houses are causing further anti-social behaviour, with problems of breaking into the empty houses and rubbish being dumped in the derelict grounds on the rise.

Liam Doherty concluded: “Gary and I want to show a united front and that we are committed to resolving this issue. The Government must look at solving this crisis in Finn Valley.”

Cllr. Gary Doherty

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