€6m in funding for new housing units in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, has announced funding of more than €6m to deliver 66 housing units in Limerick to address the housing needs of some of the most vulnerable people in the city.

THE Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, has announced funding of more than €6m to deliver 66 housing units in Limerick to address the housing needs of some of the most vulnerable people in the city.

The funding is part of a national programme to deliver 800 units nationwide designed, in the main, for the elderly, homeless people and people with a disability that Minister O’Sullivan is delivering.

“I am pleased that Limerick will gain significantly for this initiative. My Department sought submissions from local authorities and voluntary groups throughout the country to assess where funding could be best spent. It is a tribute to the professionalism of both Limerick City Council and voluntary housing associations in Limerick that these proposals got the green light,” said Ms O’Sullivan.”

Houses approved in Limerick will be delivered by organisations such as Limerick City Council, Novas, Focus Ireland and the Daughters of Charity. They will be located in a number of areas including Moylish, Castletroy and Rathbane.

“The 66 units I am approving will come on stream between now and 2014. The projects are designed, in the main, to address the housing needs of the elderly, people with a disability and people who are currently homeless. Everyone knows that Government finances are very restricted. As Housing Minister I am determined that the much reduced capital budget available to me is targeted at those most in need. This programme of investment goes some way to achieving that goal,” said Ms O’Sullivan.