Much needed boost for builders and tradesmen

Deputy Brendan Griffin and Minister Norma Foley with Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell and former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy at the opening of the Lios an Fhia social housing development in Killarney in 2018

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”