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Kerry renters ‘paying Galway prices but receiving Leitrim rent support’

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Deputy John Brassil.

HUNDREDS of people in Kerry risk losing their home unless their rent allowance payments are increased, it has been claimed.

Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil has said that he will continue to fight for an increase in the rent allowance bands for Kerry. He noted that Kerry renters are "paying Galway prices but receiving Leitrim rent support" and pledged to raise the issue in the Dáil. “Hundreds of people in Kerry are at risk of losing their home in Kerry unless their rent allowance payments are increased to keep pace with rocketing rent levels in the county," said Deputy Brassil.

“Despite the measly increase earlier in the year, rent allowance recipients are under severe pressure to pay their rents.”

The Kerry TD added: "Of course, I accept that the best, and most sustainable way of slowing rental prices is through building more housing stock, but that takes time, and the Government have been painfully slow over the past five years in building social housing.”

When the rent allowance limits were increased earlier this year, they were increased by only€10 to €20, whereas places like Cavan or Roscommon saw rises in excess of €40 and €50, according to Deputy Brassil.

“While Kerry is similar to places like Cavan and Roscommon in terms of its peripheral location, renters in Kerry must compete with the strong tourist market which keeps rent levels higher than normal," he said.

“Average rents in Kerry are now at €618 which matches what people are paying in places like Galway. Our rent allowance payments need to match the reality of the situation on the ground.”

“In previous correspondence with the Government on this matter, I was told that Community Welfare Officers would have discretion in setting amended rent allowance rates. However, in practice, this isn’t taking place to the extent that is required to support renters in Kerry, especially ij the main urban areas.

“This week. I will try and raise the need for rent allowance increases in the Dáil, and have the Minister attend and explain to me why he thinks Kerry renters don’t need more support.”

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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