Minister Damien English Opens New Family Homes in Oylegate, Enniscorthy

Damien English at the opening of two new family homes

Damien English at the opening of two new family homes

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, T.D., visited Oylegate in Wexford, today (11 May 2018) to officially open 2 specially designed family homes funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Two families can look forward to a fresh start in these new homes which will cater for their specific family needs. Welcoming the development, the Minister said: “I mainly want to congratulate the new tenants, it is the real pleasure of this job that, as well as dealing with plenty of challenges and problems, I also get to come to an event like this one and to meet people whose lives will be transformed for the better by the provision of high quality housing”.

The new homes were designed specifically with the needs of these families in mind and built by local contractor QDL Developments Ltd. on behalf of Wexford County Council with funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Ahead of a meeting with Council officials to discuss the range of social housing activity taking place across the county, the Minister remarked – “I am confident that the Council are committed, energised and mobilised to deliver on the ambitious targets for social housing delivery that Government has set for each local authority across the country over the coming years. I want to reiterate that my Department and the relevant stakeholders are here to assist and support in realising that task”. 

Earlier today Minister Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform was on hand in Gorey to officially open the first 4 homes of a 22 unit development of 3 bed Homes at Gleann an Ghairdin, Ballytegan Road, Gorey. The remaining units will be delivered and allocated in blocks of four until the scheme is finished. The Minister expressed his pleasure at being present to open these welcome new homes to the people of Gorey.

This Government recognises the serious challenge we face in terms of housing and a critical focus and priority has been firmly placed on responding to this challenge through the development and implementation of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.

Rebuilding Ireland is a €6 billion, multi-annual, broadly based action plan which seeks to increase the overall supply of new homes to 25,000 per annum by 2020; deliver an additional 50,000 social housing units in the period to 2021; and meet the housing needs of an additional 87,000 households through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.

I mainly want to congratulate the new tenants, it is the real pleasure of this job that, as well as dealing with plenty of challenges and problems, I also get to come to an event like this one and to meet people whose lives will be transformed for the better by the provision of high quality housing.