Deal sealed on new council houses

21 homes for the elderly and people with special needs to be built in Tralee

Simon Brouder

The contract has been signed for the construction of 21 new housing units in Tralee.

The new homes will be developed at Killeen Road and are being constructed under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme.

On Friday the Mayor of Kerry Cllr John Sheahan, and the Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Norma Foley signed the contracts with contractor Ned O'Shea who will develop the housing units over the next 12 months.

Work on the €3.4m scheme is due to get underway in the next few weeks with an estimated completion date for the new development of May 2019.

The single-storey scheme consists of one three-bedroom house, eight two-bedroom units and twelve one-bedroom units.

The homes are being designed specifically to accommodate older people and people with special needs.

"I warmly welcome the commencement of construction of these new houses which will provide modern and comfortable facilities for many older residents and those with particular needs," said Mayor Norma Foley.

"It is wonderful to see this development being advanced under the Rebuilding Ireland programme and with the support of Kerry County Council and I look forward to the completion of these units at the earliest opportunity,' said Mayor Foley.

The entire development will be located on 1.25 hectares of land located just off the Killeen Road with provision for 34 parking spaces.

The proposal to build the new homes was first announced by Kerry County Council, two years ago, in May 2016. At the time St Vincent de Paul in Tralee said the houses were "long overdue".