A major argument broke out at a recent council meeting over the Shanganagh Castle site, with some councillors calling for more social houses to be built on it.

Local Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) said that the site had the potential to be the largest social housing development in the county and proposed to raise the amount of social housing on the site to make the majority of it council houses.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Cllr Lewis said he is furious that the proposal was rejected in favour of proceeding with the majority of it private.

Cllr Lewis said: “We all agree as councillors for the urgent need to expedite the construction of social homes at the Shanganagh Castle site, this is not and has never been in question.

“The real issue is the amount of council homes to be built, the current proposal to limit the figure of social homes to 200 out of total of 540 is unsustainable.

“With up to 5,000 families in need of a home across the county, and the homelessness crisis spiralling out of control, we must guarantee that the majority of all housing built on council owned lands will be public and the rest provided are genuinely affordable to the people of our county. “

It’s time councillors faced the reality of the housing crisis and aggressively pursue the construction of large amounts of social housing.

“Until this is done it is inevitable the crisis will continue to deepen.”