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Affordable housing deadline extended again

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The Glaise na Rinne affordable housing development in Shannon, which is now not expected to be completed until next month. Photograph by John KellyHOPES that the Glaise na Rinne affordable housing development would be complete by the end of the month look, at the time of writing, as if they will be dashed.

At the site on Tuesday, which is adjacent to Cluain Airne, there was a small amount of work going on and the houses seem to be substantially completed.

The whole project has been going on for years at this stage, lurching from difficulty to difficulty and at the moment the project is on its third contractor, with the previous two having gone out of business.

Speaking to The Clare Champion this week, the town’s mayor Michael Fleming, said he is disappointed it is still not finished.

“I was elected mayor on June 26 and we thought it would be completed before that, around the 22. Basically, the timeframe is being extended again. What I’m hearing now is that it will go into August but they can’t give a date in August. They [Clare County Council officials] will probably have something more up-to-date around the end of the week.”

He said some alterations are still being made and he isn’t happy with the extended delay. “What was supposed to take five or six weeks is taking another 10 to 15 weeks, it’s crazy. We’re on the third builder now and we still don’t have a finishing date.

“I’m disappointed for people in the area and the people who have applied for houses are waiting long enough. I hope people who are interested in taking houses aren’t being given the same information as we are on the finishing dates.”

Councillor Fleming said it is in everyone’s best interests that the whole project be put to bed as quickly as possible. “People who are interested in taking houses want it finished and the security has to be costing a certain amount also. It’s in everyone’s interest that it be finished as soon as possible.”

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