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Midlands Local Authorities Spend €23.5m On Social Housing Leases Since 2018

Westmeath County Council paid the highest sum.

Local authorities in the midlands have spent over €23.5 million on social housing leases from private owners in the past four years. 

Westmeath County Council footed the biggest bill, just short of €10.5 million, followed by Offaly who paid out €7.3 million and Laois at €5.8 million. 

The largest yearly outlay in the region was in 2021, when around €7.2 million of taxpayers' money was used. 

Aontú Leader and Meath-West TD, Peadar Tóibín says a different approach is needed:

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