Brazen break in at 'urgently needed' Laois council house development in Portlaoise

Portlaoise building site broken into

Gardai are investigating a brazen Portlaoise break-in at at €4.7 million 'urgently needed' development of new homes for some of the 1,500 people on Laois County Council's housing waiting list.

Laois Gardaí reported that the incident occurred at Conniberry Way, at the back of Knockmay Road, Portlaoise sometime between 5pm on Friday, July 7 and 8am on Monday, July 31.

A number of males are reported to have entered the site over the weekend and burgled one of the houses and broke windows on 11 more. A window on an onsite meeting room was also broken.

Windows were also broken on three machines (two diggers and a tractor). There was nothing reported stolen but considerable damage was done.

Minister Simon Coveney turned the sod on the construction of 30 three bed houses and three maisonettes last October. The project is understood to be ahead of schedule but the first tenants are due to move in by the Spring of 2018.

Laois contractor, Michael Kelly & Sons Ltd from Castletown is building the houses.

Speaking at the sod turning last year John Mulholland Chief Executive of Laois County Council noted there is “an urgent and significant demand for good quality housing in Portlaoise”.

“The provision of social housing is not just about bricks and mortar, but about giving families the opportunity to live in a good quality home within a safe and secure community,” Mr Mulholland said.

Laois TD and Government Minister Charlie Flanagan said at the time that the construction of the houses would also create jobs and benefit the local economy.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Portlaoise Gardai at 057 86 74100.

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