Two-bed houses ‘notoriously difficult’ to acquire for council applicants

A shortage of two-bedroom houses is restricting Kerry County Council’s ability to shorten the housing waiting list in the county. Michael Cahill 1 That’s according to an official with the council’s housing department who was addressing councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District. The meeting also heard claims that Kerry County Council hasn’t built a house in south and west Kerry in seven or eight years. Cllr Michael Cahill told the meeting that there were 5,000 people on Kerry County Council’s housing waiting list but that no house had been built in south and west Kerry for up to eight years. He said a government commitment to house everyone by 2020 would mean that 1,000 people in Kerry would be need to be housed each year for the next five years. Cllr Michael O’Shea asked whether all applicants for housing were genuine and said it was difficult to get some people to accept houses. Housing official, Brenda Conway, said that applicants are assessed to establish if they have a genuine housing need. She said there had been thirty purchases by the local authority this year but that it was notoriously difficult to find two-bedroom houses which were the preference of a large number of applicants. The council has applied to government for funding to construct 12 units in Killorglin, 16 in Milltown and 20 in Kenmare. A decision on funding is awaited.