Fine Gael mayoral candidate vows to deliver 2,000 affordable homes for Limerick

Fine Gael DEM hopeful councillor Daniel Butler. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

FINE Gael directly-elected mayor hopeful Cllr Daniel Butler has pledged his commitment to deliver 2,000 affordable homes across Limerick over a five year period, if elected.

Cllr Butler this week launched his housing strategy, one point of his five-point plan for Limerick, with Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Alan Dillon TD.

These 2,000 new affordable homes, Cllr Butler revealed, will be delivered by prioritising affordable housing developments in towns and villages across Limerick.

“The delivery of these new homes will be driven by a new partnership to be established between Limerick City and County Council and the Land Development Agency, which will target shovel-ready private developments that have had planning permission granted but have not commenced construction,” Cllr Butler said.

“This will kick start the delivery of new homes across Limerick, which will help to make it easier for hard working families and young people to get the keys to their very own home.”

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The City West representative has also committed to fast tracking the delivery of almost 300 residential units and 275 student beds at the Cleeves Riverside Quarter, which is being developed through Limerick Twenty Thirty.

The Colbert Quarter, with the potential to deliver up to 2,800 homes, is another priority of Cllr Butler, he says, announcing that he would advance with the proposed partnership with the Land Development Agency.

“Housing has to be the number one priority for whoever is elected as the first directly-elected mayor of Limerick. As mayor, I am making the commitment that I will deliver 2,000 affordable homes for families and young people who want a place to call their own all over Limerick, and I will deliver all of these new homes over the course of my five year term,” Cllr Butler promised.

“I want to establish an effective partnership with the Land Development Agency to fast track the delivery of houses, where planning has been approved but no construction has taken place. By targeting these shovel-ready developments, we can deliver real homes for thousands of families across Limerick looking for a place to call their own.”

Commenting at the launch of Cllr Butler’s housing strategy, Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Alan Dillon TD, said that Cllr Butler would deliver for Limerick if elected mayor.

“Affordable housing is at the heart of Daniel’s plan and Fine Gael in government will work to support Daniel in achieving his 2,000 affordable home target,” he said.