« Back€1.6 million for derelict council houses in Kerry

Over €1.6 million has been allocated to bring local authority houses in Kerry back into use.

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The announcement is part of national schemes and has been welcomed by Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin.

Two national programmes help local authorities to refurbish vacant social housing stock which require more work than normal to get them back into use.

The Voids programme allows for up to €30,000 per unit and the Derelicts programme, which was introduced this year provides support for more serious cases.

This announcement will see over €45.7 million allocated to refurbish over 2,600 council houses nationwide.

Kerry County Council applied for funding for 113 units; approval was granted for 109.

One unit is currently being assessed and funding was declined for three houses.

This translates to over €1.6 million.

Returning vacant council houses to use is a key aspect to Minister Simon Coveney’s plan to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis.