€10 million to be spent on council housing in Laois over next three years

Government grants totalling almost €10 million will be spent to build, buy and maintain council houses in Laois.

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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€7 million to be spent building council houses in Laois

With over 1300 names waiting for houses from Laois County Council, and only 2,200 houses on their books, the council CEO says state grants of €11m are a certainty to help him tackle the housing shortage crisis.

Council chief John Mulholland says housing grants of €10 million to Laois over the coming three years are a certainty.

“This not a wish list, they are a certainty. This housing is happening,” Mr Mulholland said at last Monday's 2017 budget meeting, where a three year list of planned infrastracture was announced.

The council is to get state grants of €6.99 million to build new houses, €1.8m to buy up existing houses, and another million to improve and insulate existing houses.

There are about 1300 names waiting for houses from Laois County Council, and just over 2,200 houses on their books, with many more people having their rent paid for in private accommodation.

The housing plan is part of an ambitious list of 22 building schemes worth €27 million across Laois, including roads, tourism and leisure facilities, described as a ‘wish list’ by councillors.

See next week's Leinster Express for details.