€8000 has been allocated for a painting, gutter cleaning and repair scheme to properties which connect to the Ennis public realm works on Parnell Street.

Councillors in the Ennis Municipal District backed a proposal from Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) to select Parnell St for the scheme which will run in conjunction with the €10,000 available under the Community Support Scheme. €300 will be made available for the painting of the property and €100 for gutter cleaning.

Initial work on Parnell St has made a real difference, Mayor of Ennis Cllr Ann Norton (IND) maintained, “it looks amazing” as she backed “a chance to take pride in our town. Cllr Mary Howard (FG) believed the area had the potential to become “one of those Instagram locations”.

Director of Service, Carmel Kirby said the move by councillors represented “a hugely important investment”. She flagged that public realm works could be damaged if grit was to fall from buildings on Parnell St.

Cllr Flynn responded to highlight that property owners would fail to maintain their gutters are liable.

Senior executive officer, Leonore O’Neill stressed, “We want to assist businesses that have had a very tough time”. Applications are to open in the coming days for the scheme.

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