Early approval has been given for €1.2 million funding to build six council houses in a Laois town.
The total investment in the project is expected to be €1,296,983 for four, three-bedroom houses and two, four-bedroom houses at The Orchard, Stradbally, County Laois.
The houses are still in the early planning stages and councillor Tom Mulhall has welcomed the funds.
“Having previously discussed the project with local TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan, I am delighted that approval in principle has been granted for the provision of six new social homes housing units under the Department of Housing Capital Construction Scheme.
“The provision of these six new homes in Stradbally is a boost for the village and surrounding area and will provide much-needed housing to families in need.
“This is really good news. Furthermore, it will provide Laois with a legacy of improved housing stock for those who are unable to provide for themselves," he said.
Around €216,000 will be spent on each house if the plans go ahead.
Laois County Council's housing department spokesperson has said "notification from the Department is awaited" on the confirmation of this funding.
Laois County Council has a Capital Indicative Budget of €40m for a Housing Construction Programme over the next three years.