The sod has been turned on the construction of 33 new house for Laois County Council in Portlaoise.
Minsiter for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD officially turned the sod on the Conniberry Way development off the town's Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise where Thomas Kelly & Sons Ltd. will construct the houses.
Work begins at the end of October 2016 and will take 18 months to complete.
It is envisaged that the new scheme will be complete and ready for occupation in the spring of 2018.
Minister Coveney welcomed the project.
“I am very happy to approve over £4.7 million for this social housing project in Portlaoise, which will deliver much needed accommodation for people in need of a home,” he said.
Laois TD and Minister Charlie Flanagan said the there are five schemes under way in Laois.
“Once all completed they will deliver 85 units of accommodation at a cost of around €13 million,” he said.
Mr John Mulholland ,Chief Executive of Laois County Council noted there is an urgent and significant demand for good quality housing in Portlaoise.