"Lessons should be learned," said a Carlow councillor after residents of social housing apartments at Maryborough Street in Graiguecullen were finally given keys to their new homes in recent weeks.
Councillors hit out at the residents not being permitted into the properties because the premises were 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.
This month, Housing Officer Josephine Kavanagh, confirmed to councillors that the keys to the apartments had been handed over to the tenants - nine months after the homes were first allocated.
Cllr Browne welcomed the news and said that "lessons should be learned from Maryborough Street and it should never happen again".