100 Thurles houses to be up-graded

More upgrades in the pipeline

More upgrades in the pipeline

More than 100 local authority houses in Thurles are to be up-graded significantly thanks to part grants secured by the Town Council from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan informed members at the monthly meeting that 92 houses will be grant aided to the tune of € 3,500 with the town council contributing €1,500 of this. The council element of the funding will be under internal capital receipts, Mr Ryan said, and while he had hoped to receive funding for up to 200 houses under this scheme, they had to be content with 92.

However, there is also good news for a futher 11 houses with attic, wall and roof insulation programmes set to commence and the Town Clerk is confident that more houses will be done under this scheme in the future.

“None of this funding would have come to us had it not been for the input of Deirdre O’Shea (council official) who is regarded as one of the best in the country when it comes to this kind of scheme. She has a lot of expertise and we have benefitted from that this time round and hopefully in the future again. It’s a big thank you to Deirdre and she deserves enormous credit for the huge work she puts into this,” the Town Clerk said.

Councillor John Kennedy welcomed the news and said that it is very positive for the town. He congratulated Deirdre O’Shea on her very fine work and looked forward to further funding coming to the council in the future for similar works.