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Over €10 million announced for Portlaoise town centre housing project

The Presentation Convent in Portlaoise

Over €10 million is to be spent on the provision 47 houses on a disused site in Portlaoise, it has been confirmed.

Minister for Justice & Equality Charlie Flanagan has announced that in excess of €10 million is being allocated to Sophia Housing Association Ltd and Co-Operative Ireland Housing for the provision of 47 houses on the former Presentation Convent and School lands in Portlaoise.

“Having recently discussed the project with my colleague and Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, I am delighted to announce that approval in principle has been granted for the building of 47 housing units under the Department of Housing Capital Assistance Scheme under Rebuilding Ireland.

“The provision of these 47 new homes in Portlaoise is a boost for the county and will provide housing to elderly people and families in need,” Minister Flanagan said

“The total investment in the project is €10,059,191 which is the most significant investment in housing in Portlaoise in recent years.

“This is really good news. It will directly benefit elderly and families in need and will greatly help to reduce the pressure on housing in the county,” Minister Flanagan said.

He said it will provide Laois with a legacy of improved housing stock for those who are unable to provide for themselves.

It is understood that the derelict convent building will be retained, as part of the project.

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