A large town in Laois excluded from HLM construction sites


A large town in Laois has been excluded from social housing plans by the Laois County Council.

There are 507 homes under construction across the county for social tenants, with another 494 in the planning stage.

A Laois councilor has demanded to know why his ward has been completely left out, in favor of Portlaoise.

Cllr Ben Brennan is from Portarlington Graiguecullen Borough and lives near Graiguecullen next to the Carlow border and now a suburb of Carlow Town but still part of Laois.

“I don’t see a house in Graiguecullen going to be built. We have serviced sites. Lots of people come to me every day looking for a house. People are crying out for them. Ballyadams will have a house. Now there are has more than one person looking for a home. I know there is the greatest need in Portlaoise, but 306 of the 494 homes must be in Portlaoise,” he said.

He spoke at the April meeting of the Laois County Council during a big discussion about the growing housing shortage in Laois.

“Every parish needs homes. The government is not listening to us. We are on a path to destruction for the unemployed. Who can afford to drive to Dublin for work?” said Cllr Brennan.

He agrees with Cllr Ollie Clooney that the only option for anyone on low wages to get a house is to give up their job.

“Clooney is right. If you want a house, you better not work. It shouldn’t be. In Dublin, many houses are sold for over a million euros. Everything has gone crazy, out of control. The government is made up of lawyers, lawyers and teachers who are not on the ground with the working class. They don’t seem to think about what’s going on in this country. People don’t have food on the table and no way to get food. It’s unreal,” said Cllr Brennan.


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