July 18, 2024

Kilkenny village will be ‘ghost town’ in 10 years unless new homes are built: election candidate

THE village of Goresbridge will become “a ghost town” within 10 years unless more social housing is built to keep families in the community.

At one point the once-thriving East Kilkenny village was home to as many as 44 separate businesses. This number has now fallen to just 11, with just one shop and two pubs still serving the local community.

Resident and local election candidate Denis Hynes (pictured below) said his home village is “dying on its feet” and expressed his fears that the local national school and doctor’s surgery will close within a decade unless more housing is built to sustain the community.

Mr Hynes, who is also the Labour Party General Election candidate for the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, told KilkennyNow.ie: “In four years’ time we will have just two children starting at the national school, so it’s absolutely vital that we do everything we can to get more homes built so our community can survive and thrive.

“This is something I will be raising very strongly at council level if I am elected. Communities such as ours cannot just be ignored and left do die.”

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