Almost 5,000 people in Galway are currently waiting on the city’s social housing list.
The mounting figure was confirmed at Monday’s meeting of Galway City Council, with 78 per cent of the 4,977 people applying on financial grounds.
Of those on the list, 2,468 have requested accommodation on the West side of the city, 2,330 in the east side and 179 looking to be housed in the city centre. The report also revealed that approximately 28 per cent of these have been waiting on housing for over five years.
City officials also confirmed that they had received 300 complaints of anti-social behaviour in 2012, with one house repossessed on foot of a court order. A further 14 households received a first warning, four received a second warning, seven received a third warning and four exclusion orders were sought so far this year.
Galway City Council also confirmed that it would continue to work with homeless services in the city, with 335 people presenting as homeless in the first three quarters of the year. Of these, 64 per cent were single males, 22 per cent were single females and 14 per cent were couples and families.
Meanwhile, the council is to invest €100,000 in radon testing in the city in the coming year. The local authority confirmed it had been working with the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland to test 789 council-owned houses in Galway, with two detectors being installed in each for three months. The results of the tests are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013.