Minister Damien English Launches 22 New Social Homes in Sligo

The ribbon is cut on 22 A-rated social homes

The ribbon is cut on 22 high-quality social homes

Damien English T.D., Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, was in Sligo today (26 October) to officially open a new social housing scheme at Fr. O Flanagan Terrace. This is the first large social housing project to complete in the County in recent years. It consists of 22 units at an overall cost of €3.7m. The houses are designed to achieve at least an A3 BER rating, making them extremely energy efficient and economical to run.

The Minister wished the new residents many years of health and happiness in their new homes and paid tribute to the Council, contractor, design teams, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, their staff and all involved in the making this project a reality. The Minister said, “There is always a great sense of achievement when a project like this is finished.  It’s about providing good quality housing to our citizens, and you should take pride in the good work you are doing”.

The Minister also turned the sod at the Knappagh Beg site on the Strandhill road, as well as announcing projects at Rosses Point and Collooney. The total value of the projects is €15m and they will deliver 57 new social units. The Minister went on to say “When Rebuilding Ireland was launched, we asked local authorities to accelerate the pace of housing delivery. I am pleased that Sligo County Council are responding to that request. Over the next few weeks, Sligo County Council will have 66 new units on site for delivery in 2019/20. The Council are also bringing forward proposals for another 149 new units at various locations. Real progress is being made under Rebuilding Ireland and these projects today offer testament to that”.

“When Rebuilding Ireland was launched, we asked local authorities to accelerate the pace of housing delivery. I am pleased that Sligo County Council are responding to that request”