12 new accessible homes to be confirmed for Ennis

–                  Approval in principle will issue on Wednesday

–                  Clon Road homes will be age friendly and disability friendly


Clare Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe has welcomed the announcement that 12 new age and disability friendly home are to be confirmed for Ennis this week.

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien will issue approval in principle on Wednesday for the 12 two-bed apartments on Clon Road, Ennis.

“This is a really welcome development for Ennis town,” said Deputy Crowe.

“My office is inundated each week with people seeking assistance in their quest for social housing.

“It’s often young couples and families looking for a home to call their own, but I’m also regularly contacted by elderly people who are empty nesters who can free up a larger home for a family or those who, because of various life situations, find themselves without a permanent home.

“Whilst it will take some time for these apartments to come on stream, I’m certain there will be high demand for them and I’m confident that they’ll only be the starting point for more housing provision for the elderly and disabled in our county.

“I’ve also been contacted by a number of community groups across Clare who have identified large buildings in their areas that could be suitable for supportive living for our county’s older population.

Deputy Crowe continued: “I think that Minister O’Brien and his department should also give positive consideration to these proposals.

“Many older people may be quite a distance off requiring nursing home care but they would much rather live in a community environment, where there are certain care supports available to them, and the type of projects that have been presented to me would very much tick all of these boxes.

“After 10 years of huge underinvestment, some very positive inroads are finally being made in terms of housing for our county and I very much look forward to further announcements in this regard from the government.”