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In Pictures: First social housing scheme in decade opens in Portlaoise

Minister Eoghan Murphy, TD, cutting the ribbon assisted by Caoimhe and Trisha Flanagan with Clr. Brian Stanley, T.D., Clr. Willie Aird, Minister Charlie Flanagan, T.D.,John Mulholland ( Chief Executive, Laois Co Council ) and local councillers at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully

The first social housing project to take place in Laois in over a decade officially opened yesterday.

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy was down in Portlaoise to cut the ribbon on the project.

There are 33 social homes at Conniberry Way in Portlaoise, the first such project to be delivered in the town, in over a decade.

The units are occupied, but there are over a thousand families on the waiting list.

And Laois County Council currently do not own any land in Portlaoise that they can build a house upon.

But a number of happy families moved into them yesterday.

Michael Scully was there on the day and captured these pictures:

Caoimhe and Trisha Shortall – pictured outside their new home, at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.
Christina, Brooklyn and Jessica Shortall – pictured outside their new home, at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.
John Mulholland, Chief Executive Laois Co Council – greets Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D. and Minister Charlie Flanagan, at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.
cutting the ribbon assisted by Caoimhe and Trisha Flanagan with Clr. Brian Stanley, T.D., Clr. Willie Aird, Minister Charlie Flanagan, T.D.,John Mulholland ( Chief Executive, Laois Co Council ) and local councillers at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.
Clr. Willie Aird, speaking at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.
Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D., cutting the ribbon assisted by Caoimhe and Trisha Flanagan with Clr. Brian Stanley, T.D., Clr. Willie Aird, Minister Charlie Flanagan, T.D.,John Mulholland ( Chief Executive, Laois Co Council ) and local councillers at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.
Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D., poses for a photo with new tenants at the Official Opening of 33 new houses at Conniberry Way, Portlaoise, on Monday morning.Dep. Sean Fleming is also in photo. Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.