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Minister for Housing officially opens 100 new homes at four housing developments in Laois

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien was in Laois this afternoon where he officially opened 100 new homes at four different developments.

The Minister began his whistle stop tour of the county in Ballylinan where he unveiled 21 houses at Doirin Alainn.

This estate has been built in a number of phases and is just off the main road as you enter the village from the Carlow side.

This is a North and East Housing Development delivered in three phases by JJ Wall Construction.

This was provided in partnership with Laois County Council and comprises 14 three-bed semi-detached houses and 7 two-bed terraced houses delivered between 2020 and 2022.

Minister O’Brien was joined at this location by TD Sean Fleming, Cathaoirleach Thomasina Connell and Councillors Caroline Dwane-Stanley, Padraig Fleming and Paschal McEvoy.

After stopping there, Minister O’Brien headed for Gleann na Glaise in Ballyroan – comprising of ten three-bed two storey houses.

This is a Laois County Council Social Housing Capital Investment Programme project (SHIP) which funds the construction of new build units directly managed by councils, known as direct builds.

Here, TD Brian Stanley, Councillors Barry Walsh and John Joe Fennelly plus retired Councillor Mary Sweeney were present.

After that, it was on to Sean Doire Housing Development in Durrow where another 22 were opened.

These comprised of ten two-bedroom two storey houses, eight three-bedroom, two-storey units and four two-bedroom one storey homes.

Here, Councillors Conor Bergin, Ollie Clooney, John King and James Kelly were present alongside Senator Pippa Hackett.

Minister O’Brien’s final stop was in Portlaoise where he opened 55 residential units at The Maltings and Roselawn.

This is a Cluid residential housing body development made up of 40 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom houses.

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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.