THE latest jewel in the Mitchels/Boherbee Regeneration was opened by Minister of State for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan TD on Monday.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan praised those whose efforts had seen Aras an Phobail come to fruition. “It will act as a focal point, not only for the Mitchels/Boherbee community, but will also attract visitors from the wider Tralee area, who are anxious to avail of the services that are on offer here,” she said.
The impetus behind the new addition, Aras an Phobail, came through the Regeneration Project, which saw community and agency representatives highlight the need for an integrated services building to enable local and government agencies to be able to provide services within the community.
Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Pat Hussey, paid tribute to the Mitchels Regeneration Steering Group and Community Participation Group for seeing the potential behind the project and wholeheartedly supporting it.
Resident in the area, Noreen McElligott, was very positive about regeneration work.
“I think people here are more integrated with each other, it’s great to see all these new buildings and the community aspect is still there,” she said.
“The houses are fabulous, the area is lovely as well,” said another Mitchels resident, Marian Murphy.
The project is a result of interagency collaboration between a number of local statutory and non-statutory agencies anxious to have a presence within the community. These include the Tralee Town Council, North & East Kerry Development, HSE, An Garda Siochana, Kerry Education and Training Board, KDYS, Springboard Kerry Travellers Project and the Tralee Women’s Resource Centre.
Already the building is at full occupancy, with the agencies paying rent that will support and pay for the running of the building, ensuring the sustainability of the project into the future.
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