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Two Laois Councillors Clash In "He Said/She Said" Ruckus Over Houses

The disagreement centres around new houses being built in one local town.

A "he said/she said" dispute between county councillors erupted at this week's meeting of Laois County Council, with Councillor Paschal McEvoy telling Councillor Aisling Moran to mind "her own business" over claims he had promised seven new houses in Stradbally to elderly people.

The disagreement centred around the proposed Carrig Glas development in Stradbally. The development will consist of a total of 26 houses, seven of which are one-bedroom homes.

Cllr. Moran said that she had been informed that Cllr. McEvoy had told people living at the back of Court Square in Stradbally that "old people" would be getting these seven houses. She said she wanted clarification in writing on this matter.

To this, Cllr. McEvoy said: "It's none of her business what I say in Stradbally. I don't want to know what she says to her constituents, and what I say to mine is none of her business."

He went on to clarify that there are seven single-room units going into Carrig Glas in Stradbally for single people with "single-people needs".
"I didn't commit to anyone," he said, "I'd prefer if she minded her own business."

Cllr. Moran said she was told by the chairperson of the residents committee that the units were guaranteed to older people by Cllr. McEvoy.

Cathaoirleach Conor Bergin, chairing the meeting, said: "In fairness, Aisling, this is hearsay."

Cllr. Moran said she had been asked for clarification on the issue and was just doing her job.

"I did not give any commitment," said Cllr. McEvoy.

Cllr. Bergin told Cllr. Moran that she could raise the matter with the director of services for housing.

Cllr. Moran again said that she had just wanted clarification on the matter.

"This isn't the place for hearsay, or he said/she said," said Cllr. Bergin. "I'm not allowing it at a meeting."

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