Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly has announced that an additional €400,000 is to be granted to both Tipperary’s local authorities. North Tipperary will receive an additional €171,460, while South Tipperary will receive €227,640.
This is the first tranche of funding to be released under the three-year €50m energy efficiency programme for local authority homes under Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan.
Deputy Kelly said that the additional funding would mean more efficient housing stock and cheaper energy bills for residents of local authority housing.
“This is very welcome news,” he commented.
“For the families who live in local authority housing, much of which has poor insulation, they will now be able to benefit from cheaper gas and electricity bills.
“The houses themselves will have reduced carbon emissions, and the housing stock will be of greater quality,” he stated.
“The overall energy efficiency programme for local authorities will create up to 1,000 jobs in the private sector and among community-based organisations.
“The funding is part of a wider Government stimulus programme that will see significant additional investment in schools and roads and we are putting what we can into productive use for the community,”
“This investment will be good for jobs, good for tenants and good for the environment,” concluded Deputy Kelly.