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Kerry County Council is planning to buy 40 houses this year.

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The local authority says it is continuing to seek suitable properties in the county.

35 houses were bought by the council up to the end of 2015; exceeding its target of 30.

Last year 146 council housing allocations were made and a further 231 contracts and allocations were secured through the RAS and leasing schemes.

The council says it is also continuing to seek rental properties.

40 housing units were acquired for qualified housing applicants through the voluntary bodies.

Almost 400 grant allocations totalling two million euro were made under the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability.

Works were carried out in 126 houses to bring them back to circulation and 351 properties had energy improvement works carried out.

Councillors raised a number of concerns about housing in the monthly meeting of the local authority and are gathering for a special housing meeting on January 25th.