A TOTAL of €1,170,000 in funding is to be allocated for the refurbishment and re-letting of 78 vacant social homes in Kerry this year.
Under the scheme up to €11,000 will be made available per property for the refurbishment of a standard vacant unit.
Recognising that a small number of homes which are vacant do require significant investment to bring them back into use, Kerry County Council can recoup an average of €50,000 per property for up to 10 per cent of its vacant stock.
As a result, the funding has been made available to Kerry County Council for the refurbishment of 70 standard units and eight non-standard units to bring these properties on stream.
The news has been welcomed by Kerry TDs Norma Foley and Brendan Griffin.
Minister Foley said: “This money will also provide a much needed boost to the local builders, carpenters, painters and electricians who will carry out these upgrades”.
Deputy Griffin remarked: “With the chronic shortage of housing it is more important than ever to have vacant social housing refurbished and reallocated as quickly as possible”