16-year wait for a house in Killarney

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae

The controversial concrete and concrete block levy will add at least €5,000 to the cost for every young man or woman who is trying to build a house, a Kerry TD has warned.

It will also add millions of euro to the cost of the government’s public works and social housing building, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae has said.

“The price of concrete products and concrete blocks has already gone up by 30 per cent in the last nine months. All types of housing materials have gone up in price,” he said.

“The government is giving grants to farmers for buildings and slurry storage on the one hand and then it is increasing the cost of concrete and concrete blocks on the other. That is not fair,” the TD added.

“It hurting the ordinary young boys and girls that are trying to put a roof over their heads, which they are entitled to do. Instead of helping them, the government is hurting them,” he remarked.

Minister Darragh O’Brien

Deputy Healy-Rae complained also that Kerry is not included in the affordable homes scheme, contrary to what Housing Minister, Deputy Darragh O’Brien, has said.

“The cost of buying a house in Killarney or anywhere around it is between €350,000 and €500,000. On top of that, it is impossible for people who want to build their own homes to get planning permission,” he stated.

The Kerry TD said the family income supplement is denying people the ability to remain on housing waiting lists which is totally unfair.

“I want to raise the issue of the cap in County Kerry. It seems it has been raised in other counties but what is wrong with Kerry? It needs to be increased,” he said.

Deputy Healy-Rae said SOME single housing applicants in Killarney are on the list for up to 16 years before they get a house.

“That is the gospel truth. There are no four-bedroom houses in Killarney for applicants and landlords are leaving the market. It is very unfair that people who have been on the housing waiting list for nine or 10 years and have three children but are in receipt of family income  supplement are thrown off the housing list,” Deputy Healy-Rae stated.

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