Council houses were being upgraded with oil-fired central heating, back boilers and insulation before being re-let to tenants, a meeting of Waterford County Council heard in Dungarvan.

Director of Services Frank Curran said two extra workers were being taken on and work was being contracted out in order to wipe out the backlog of vacant Council houses. There were twenty vacant houses in the Tramore area and sixteen in Comeragh while Lismore had 16 and Dungarvan five.

In reply to questions by Cllr Tom Cronin (FF) who said that people who wanted to live in Ardmore could not do so because a developer had left a local building site, the Director of Services said plans for the building of social and affordable houses at Ardmore were still at the planning stage although the developer had left the site.