Public Transport Minister and Tipperary TD, Alan Kelly, has announced an additional â‚¬400,000 to be granted to both Tipperaryâ€™s local authorities.
North Tipperary will receive an additional â‚¬171,460 and South Tipperary will receive an additional â‚¬227,640.
This is the first tranche of funding to be released under the three-year â‚¬50 million energy efficiency programme for local authority homes under housing Minister, Jan Oâ€™Sullivan.
Announcing the news, Minister Kelly said the funding would mean more efficient housing stock and cheaper energy bills for residents of local authority housing.
â€œThis is very welcome news. For the families who live in local authority housing, much of which has poor insulation, they will now be able to benefit from cheaper gas and electricity bills. The houses themselves will have reduced carbon emissions and the housing stock will be of greater quality,â€ stated Minister Kelly.â€œThe overall energy efficiency programme for local authorities will create up to 1,000 jobs in the private sector and among community based organisations. The funding is part of a wider Government stimulus programme that sees significant additional investment in
schools and roads and we are putting what we can into productive use for the community,â€
â€œThis investment is good for jobs, good for tenants and good for the environment,â€ concluded Minister Kelly.