Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English and Pat Deering TD attend the sod turning in Rathvilly for 10 new social housing units.

29th June, 2016

Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering and the Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English attending the sod turning in Rathvilly on Tuesday for 10 new social housing units.

Rathvilly will see 10 housing units being built. The new construction units are expected to be in place by 2017. The project is part of the Government’s Social Housing Strategy announced last year with funding allocation of €20m for Carlow.

Welcoming the news, Fine Gael TD for Carlow Pat Deering said:

“This is the first house-building programme in Rathvilly for many years and the part of the Government’s Social Housing Strategy. It is great to see it now underway and the knock on benefits to local areas and delivering tangible results. The development will be completed by June 2017.”

Deering added “The building project has created construction jobs so this should provide a welcome boost. Housing is top priority for Fine Gael in Government and I will continue working with Minister English and Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that people in Carlow continue to benefit from both the economic investment and the provision of housing once it comes on stream.”

The 10 new units in Rathvilly are in addition to the social housing project to deliver 6 units at Bagenalstown, which is now complete, with funding of €829,969 provided by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

The advancement of the project at Borris, to construct 4 new social housing units through design, planning and construction, I am given to understand that the Council is preparing tender for this project at present with a view to advancing it at the earliest opportunity”.

“This is just one of the ways that we will be delivering social housing units and shows this Government’s commitment in addressing the need for social housing here in Carlow and the additional benefits in terms of local job creation for the construction sector,” Deering concluded.