€3.66m to fund 200 new homes for Ennis

€3.66m to fund 200 new homes for Ennis


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A €3.66m fund will be provided by the government for the provision of 200 new homes in Ennis.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has confirmed that the funding will provide for a link road that will free up land and allow for the construction of the 200 new homes at Claureen.

The new road will link the roundabout past the One Mile Inn to the junction at O’Keeffe’s Oil, and then link back into the Lahinch Road. This new infrastructure will also help to accelerate housing development in the county town,” said Minister Breen.

“Through the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation project the Government is providing funding to develop the infrastructure which should result in a lower cost builds as well as speeding up the development process for much needed homes in Ennis,” added the Clare minister of state.

“Some 200 houses will be built in Ennis by 2021, with the potential for 800 houses to be built here in the long term,” added Minister Breen 

“This funding will help deliver a strong mix of private, rental and social housing at appropriate locations and create new and attractive local communities to live in at affordable prices and rents. The Government is very much aware that it is necessary not only to provide more housing in Clare, but to do so in as timely a manner as is possible,” he said.

Today’s announcement will lead to the delivery of 23,000 housing units nationally by 2021 and an overall figure of over 69,000 housing units in the next ten to fifteen years in areas where the shortage of supply is critical.

Minister Breen said, “Together with other complementary and targeted measures under the Government’s Action Plan for Housing, the delivery of this housing in the next four years will have a positive impact on the availability of housing in the short to medium term.

“Through the projects announced today under LIHAF, together with the completion of our review of the Government’s Capital Plan and the development of a new National Planning Framework later this year, we will see further sustainable progress being made to address our housing needs and accelerate our economic and social recovery.     

 “This is an example of “joined-up Government” and has acted as the trigger to draw both public and private partners together to leverage much wider public and private sector investment,” he concluded.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.