Kerry Councillor calls for overhaul of repair and lease scheme

A Kerry County Councillor says the Repair and Lease Scheme should be overhauled.

The Department of Housing scheme provides a maximum of €40,000 to owners of vacant buildings who can’t afford refurbishments needed for re-letting.

The costs are recovered through an agreement whereby units are leased back to the council on a long-term basis.

So far this year, just six applications have been received by Kerry County Council with two offer letters being issued.

Labour Cllr Terry O’Brien says the scheme has too much paperwork attached to it and the funding is not enough:

Meanwhile, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Niall Kelleher has branded Fine Gael and the Housing Minister’s approach to the housing crisis as an unmitigated disaster.

The Fianna Fail councillor says his party did deliver housing when it was in government; he says Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has missed opportunities to acquire landbanks: