14 new houses for Killorglin

Construction to begin in January and conclude the following year

Tadhg Evans

Kerry County Council (KCC) will begin construction of 14 two-bedroom houses in Ardmoniel, Killorglin, over the coming year in what has been described as a boost to the Killorglin and wider mid-Kerry area.

Work will begin early in the new year, January 2019, and the local authority expects works to be carried out in about a year, with a completion date of January 2020.

The planning permission is for 14 two-storey semi-detached terraced houses and all associated site works. These works will include site clearance and enclosures; drainage; and landscaping. The project is currently out to tender through eTenders, and a response deadline of 3pm tomorrow (Thursday, November 29), has been set.

The news has been hailed as a boost to Killorglin and Mid Kerry in helping address the housing and homeless crisis.

But Councillor Michael Cahill, who was discussing the matter with Kerry County Council Director of Housing Martin O'Donoghue, feels more needs to be done.

He has called on the government and KCC to carry out a major building programme in the Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cromane, Beaufort and Glencar areas and called on KCC to construct houses of varying sizes as a matter of priority.