Councillor John Cassin says in a town like Carlow, it's more lucrative for landlords to rent to students.
Councillor John Pender says the speed limits might not go far enough to tackle the problem.
They're being directed over that bridge by their Sat Nav systems despite the fact that there simply isn't room.
The Council in a statement to KCLR news says it's of the view that the 2015 figure is unreliable.
The family were eventually offered emergency accommodation in a hotel room last night.
There's a meeting at six o'clock this evening to discuss how best to spend the money.
Councillor Walter Lacey told KCLR News it's vital that they get moving.
At the moment these premises are given a 100% write-off on rates
The issue divided opinion amongst local councillors so the decision was taken to put it out for public consultation.
Meanwhile, derelict sites continue to cause bother for the local authorities, who received 16 complaints over the last 12 months in relation...