Minister Coveney attends
Kerry stakeholder event

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Today Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, visits Kerry to further promote the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.

Both comprehensive and backed by funding of €5.55 billion, Rebuilding Ireland is designed to significantly increase the supply of social housing by 47,000, double the output of overall housing to at least 25,000 homes per annum by 2021, service all tenure types (social, private and rental), and tackle homelessness comprehensively.

Today, Minister Coveney will first meet with Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael O’Shea, Party leaders, and the Chairs of Kerry Council Council’s Strategic Policy Committees at a breakfast meeting in County Buildings, Tralee, where a range of issues will be discussed.

The event in the Manor West Hotel, Tralee, sees key stakeholders, responsible for housing provision in Kerry, gathered for an overview of and discussion on Rebuilding Ireland, with a particular focus on what it will mean for Co. Kerry, and will include a presentation from Ms Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council.

Acknowledging that “revitalising our rural towns and villages is as important as the plans to deliver housing in the main urban centres”, Minister Coveney reaffirmed his full commitment to Rebuilding Ireland, stating that he will “spare no effort in supporting local authorities, approved housing bodies and all stakeholders in doing what they do best in providing homes for many individuals and families whose housing needs remain unfulfilled.”

Central to Minister Coveney’s visit today is the announcement that the construction of 15 new homes will commence shortly, at a cost of €3.7 million, under phase 2 of Croílár na Mistealaigh, Tralee, as part of Kerry County Council’s flagship Community Regeneration Programme at Mitchels-Boherbee. Kerry County Council expect to be on-site in March.

Commending Kerry County Council on the work achieved to date under the Mitchels-Boherbee Community Regeneration Programme, Minister Coveney said:

“Regeneration programmes like this achieve results because they develop an area holistically. Without developing the social and economic support for the residents, our efforts to upgrade the bricks and mortar are in vain.” He added that projects such as this epitomise the main objective of Rebuilding Ireland: to build quality homes, and to create strong, vibrant and sustainable communities.

“The construction of 15 new homes will commence shortly, at a cost of €3.7 million, under phase 2 of Croílár na Mistealaigh, Tralee, as part of Kerry County Council’s flagship Community Regeneration Programme at Mitchels-Boherbee.”

To date, the Department has recouped over €31m to Kerry County Council in funding for regeneration initiatives and construction projects. A further €10m worth of projects are being progressed through the various approval stages. At least €2m is available to support the programme in 2017.

The achievements to date include:

  • the delivery of 80 homes;
  • the refurbishment of the landmark Moyderwell Convent building as a day care centre with accommodation at first floor level;
  • the completion of a 48 unit development on the Moyderwell Convent site;
  • a new residential development of 18 units at Mitchel’s Crescent. This development includes 11 “Towards Carbon Neutral” dwellings which are among the most highly energy efficient dwellings in the country;
  • the provision of a CCTV security system;
  • funding for a wide variety of social inclusion and community involvement initiatives;
  • the upgrading of 137 houses under the remedial works and energy upgrades;
  • the provision of 40 community allotments;
  • Significant upgrading of Services and Environmental works in the area;
  • the construction of an Integrated Services Building