County Limerick councillor says granny flat scheme is a ‘no brainer’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Cllr Liam Galvin, Abbeyfeale

Cllr Liam Galvin, Abbeyfeale

ABBEYFEALE based councillor Liam Galvin has called for Limerick’s local authority to put in place a scheme to keep young people in county towns.

At this month’s full council meeting, the FG man proposed a granny flat extension scheme, where grand aid is put in place for people on the housing list, where agreement is reached with a homeowner and applicants.

Cllr Galvin said the scheme is a “no-brainer”

“We are in the middle of a housing crisis, and it’s different in rural areas to the city areas. Housing lists in the towns could be resolved through a granny flat extension scheme. I know couples who would like to live at home with their mum and dad, but their home is not big enough. They want to remain in the towns, but there are no sufficient flats,” he added.

Cllr Galvin said the loss of young families in areas is being felt in lower school numbers, a knock-on effect to businesses as well as GAA sides struggling to field under-age panels.

“I’m sure money can be found by the Department of Housing. [Minister] Eoghan Murphhy is telling us every day there is no scarcity of funding,” he said.

The motion was seconded by Cllr Stephen Keary and welcomed by Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, who said: “This could be of huge benefit to people of my generation for whom getting a mortgage seems like a fantasy.”

In a written reply, Aoife Duke, director of service with the housing department, said the proposal is noted.

Private owners of land can make proposals on a case-by-case basis.

”Any proposal to add an additional unit/granny flat within an existing plot would be subject to the normal planning criteria,” she added in response to Cllr Galvin’s motion.