Language restrictions influence mortgage availability in the Gaeltacht

Young couples in Gaeltacht areas in Kerry are facing difficulties in having mortgages approved because of Irish language restrictions that are being placed on housing developments, according to a property developer in the county. Jerry O Sullivan of Southbound Properties says that restrictions on the future sale of the properties are influencing the type of mortgages financial institutions are willing to make available.Mr O Sullivan said that these properties are instead being bought up by property investors, and the Irish language clause is not having the effect which was intended. He suggests that the clause should be relaxed, and potential buyers be encouraged to learn the language as part of a purchase agreement.

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