Ministers Officially Open New Estate In Tralee

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Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Norma Foley officially opening An Carraigín in Balloonagh on Monday. Photo: Minister Darragh O’Brien/Twitter

THE Minster for Housing, Local Government and Heritage was in Tralee on Monday to officially open a new estate in Tralee.

Minister Darragh O’Brien TD also visited numerous projects and developments in Tralee, Farranfore, Barraduff, Rathmore and Killarney.

Chief among the events on the agenda was the official opening by Minister O’Brien and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD of the new €3.8m 20-unit social housing development in Rathmore, Láthair na Mánach and the official opening of An Carrigín, Balloonagh, a 28-unit social housing development in Tralee near Connolly Park, which involved an investment of €5m.

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Minister O’Brien also toured the Island of Geese site in Tralee as well as the Áras Phádraig site in Killarney which are currently being developed by Kerry County Council.

In addition to the opening of these estates, Minister O’Brien also paid a visit to a number of housing developments which are currently under construction in Rock Road, Killarney and Lohercannon, Tralee, as well as visiting the Co-operative Housing Ireland development in Barraduff and the Clúid development in Armagh House, Killarney, which contains accommodation for people in urgent housing need.

The Minister’s schedule also consisted of presentations on and visits to the sites of the Killarney and Tralee Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) Projects, both of which were included in URDF funding announcements by Minister O’Brien in March.

That March funding announcement of €16.06m for the Destination Killarney Project allows for public realm improvements and a traffic management strategy to expand and diversify the town’s core and link it more closely to the National Park, while also regenerating the Áras Phádraig site.

The funding announcement of €15.93m for Tralee allows for the completion of the Town Centre Public Realm, further develop the Island of Geese site and support major areas of intervention for Tralee in relation to its economic growth.

Kerry County Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell and Council officials briefed the Minister on the scope and progress of both URDF projects, and their potential impact to Tralee and Killarney.

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    So €240,000 per house.
    I have got to go on the social housing list.

    The Minster and Department for Housing has lost their minds, sure it’s only tax payers money! LOL