16 Aug 2022

'It's a circus,' Carlow residents can't move into social housing apartments over gas connection issues

'It has caused awful concern and upset for people,' said one councillor.

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“There is no gas mains entry point," says Michael Brennan of Carlow County Council

Councillors have hit out at social housing residents not being permitted into their allocated homes at Maryborough Street in Graiguecullen because the properties are not connected to the gas network.

At the July meeting of Carlow Municipal District, Cllr Fergal Browne asked: “People are still waiting to get in there. How was that allowed to happen? Somebody messed up badly. It's crazy.

“There is no other issue than a gas issue? There are no legal issues over right of way? They are lovely apartments and it's turned into a circus.”

Director of Services at Carlow County Council, Michael Brennan, said the construction company is “finding a solution to get the gas connection there”.

“There is no gas mains entry point. We hope to have it sorted shortly. The problem is getting the connection to the gas and putting in the infrastructure," he added. 

Cllr John Cassin said: “Nine months ago the Maryborough Street houses were allocated.”

Cllr Walter Lacey said the Maryborough Street apartments were allocated before they were provided and the Council “should not do that again”.

“It has caused awful concern and upset for people. We should never do that again, we never did it before,” he added.

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