Housing grants of €2m make 'huge difference' in Kilkenny

Added benefit to local economy, says director

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

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HOUSING ADAPTATION

Included in this are adaptation grants through schemes such as Housing aid for Older People

Grants for adaptations to private houses from Kilkenny County Council have made a significant difference to the lives of hundreds of people in Kilkenny so far this year.

The total number of grants approved to date this year is 274, with a value of €1.9 million. It’s estimated this will rise to €2 million by year end.

Included in this are adaptation grants through schemes such as Housing aid for Older People (HOP), MAG, and HGD. At last week’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere extolled the virtues of the scheme.

“The council are going to pay out the guts of €2 million to approximately 274 to 300 [people],” he said.

“The importance of that money can’t be overstated — whether it’s upgrades to windows, or a wet room for someone who just hasn’t got the same mobility any more. It is making an incredible difference.”

Director of services Mary Mulholland agreed the benefits of the scheme were evident. She also said it had an added benefit to the local economy, as ‘by and large’, the works are carried out by local tradesmen and small businesses.