No new local authority houses have been built in the greater Listowel area for seven years. This is despite the fact, that just under 500 applicants from the area have been approved for housing. The figures emerged at the Listowel Municipal Area meeting, where Cllr Robert Beasley commented that the housing crisis in Kerry, was ‘almost as bad as Dublin’. The housing statistics were presented to the meeting, after Cllr Beasley asked how many people in the Listowel Municipal Area, were qualified applicants for housing. He was told that the total was 498 – but this total reflected multiple areas of choice selected by applicants within the area. Reacting to the figures, Cllr Beasley described the housing situation as ‘a crazy set up’ and said the current Government promised that sixty houses would be built in the area. However, only a few houses have been built in Listowel, and none in Ballybunion, he said. The Sinn Fein councilor said Kerry would soon be as bad as Dublin for housing shortages. He said people were already sleeping rough on the streets in Tralee, and the situation would get a lot worse, unless urgent action was taken.