New Clonmel social housing project set to create 40 jobs

Announcing plans for the new social housing scheme in Clonmel were (from left): Paudie Coffey TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment with Special Responsibility for Housing, Planning and Coordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy; Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly; Claire Curley, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council; and Aidan Fennessy, Senior Executive Officer, Housing Department, Tipperary County Council.
Up to forty construction jobs are expected to be created in Clonmel following the announcement this week of the go-ahead for twenty new houses at Glenconnor.

Up to forty construction jobs are expected to be created in Clonmel following the announcement this week of the go-ahead for twenty new houses at Glenconnor.

The Clonmel houses are part of a €7m social housing project announced in the town on Tuesday by Environment, Community & Local Government Minister Alan Kelly.

Clonmel will see the largest building boost with 20 houses approved at a council owned site on the Glenconnor Road which will commence subject to planning approval.

Cashel will also see 10 units built at Wallers Lot, Cashel with further projects in Cloughjordan, Thurles, Templemore and Gortnahoe.

The news will create an estimated 70 jobs throughout the county and is part of the first phase of housing investment for the county which will see approximately €57 million invested in various housing supports for Tipperary.

The Department of Environment are currently assessing a number of building projects submitted from Tipperary County Council with further investment expected to be announced later in the year.

The move is part of a construction kick-off with Minister Kelly announcing the commencement of over 100 social housing projects throughout the country.

Minister Kelly says he has targeted reducing the housing waiting list in Tipperary by 40% by 2017 based on the most recent housing needs assessment carried out in the county in 2013.

The new houses will be expected to be in place by 2017.

“This is the first major house-building programme in Tipperary for many years. “It forms one part of the €57 million housing investment already announced with more construction projects expected. We have an excellent skill-base of builders in Tipperary and many of them are seeking work at the moment so this should provide a welcome boost,”

“Housing is the number one priority for this Government and people in Tipperary will benefit from both the economic investment and the provision of housing once it comes on stream,”