Councillor hits out at delays for Killarney social housing project

A Kerry County Councillor has hit out at the lack of urgency on a social housing project for Killarney which has been ongoing for almost eight years. John Joe Culloty. 1 Cllr John Joe Culloty raised the matter at the Killarney Municipal District meeting where he requested a time line on the proposed development at The Park Killarney. Permission was initially granted for eight houses in November 2008; this was increased to 20 houses in May 2015 with an estimated cost of 3.6 million euro. In February this year funding of 3.3 million euro was allocated by the Department of the Environment, leaving a shortfall of over 270,000 euro. Revised reduced costs had to be then prepared by Kerry County Council and a cost plan for pre tender has been submitted to the Department; a response is awaited. Cllr John Joe Culloty said the length of time it is taking for building work to begin is totally unacceptable and pointed to the amount of people having great difficulty with housing. He suggested that members of the municipal district write to the Department with disgust about the delays. Cllr Brendan Cronin agreed that too many people are waiting for housing and the site has not been cleared or a block built. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae said there was a housing crisis out there and at this point people should be living in the houses. Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©