€5.4 million needed to ready vacant houses

The council would need finance to the tune of €5,490,000 to ready 131 houses in stock

Many Kerry families could potentially be housed in the short-term if the 150 vacant properties in Kerry County Council’s housing stock were to be readied at a quicker pace, subject to available finance, a local councillor has insisted

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae was told that the council would need finance to the tune of €5,490,000 to ready 131 houses in stock while another 19 houses currently classed as derelict are also possible turnarounds for families who are on the current housing list.

There was no figure released for the re tenant of derelict houses.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae

There are 14 vacant council houses requiring work before they could be available to applicants in the Killarney municipal district, 50 Tralee, 44 houses in Listowel and 19 in the Castleisland/Corca Dhuibhe municipal area.

It was also revealed that 57 houses across the county have now been vacant for over two years.

Healy-Rae said that nearly 300 people are waiting for houses in his area of Castleisland/Corca Dhuibne and having 19 houses vacant is not good news for any of them, especially those who are being squeezed by the cost of living crisis.

Kerry County Council said it is committed to ensuring that any property in its ownership is reallocated as soon as possible, subject to available finance.

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