Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Mr Eoghan Murphy T.D., today (21 June, 2017) attended the opening of 70 newly constructed social housing units in Annamore Court in Ballyfermot, Dublin. This €10m scheme of high-quality one-bed apartments provides supported accommodation for older people and has been funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Dublin City Council, the Iveagh Trust, and borrowings from the Housing Finance Agency.
In 18 months, what was a derelict scheme of 38 housing units has been transformed by the Iveagh Trust, an approved housing body; doubling the number of houses on the site. The new residents include people on Dublin City Council’s social housing waiting list and people moving out of their existing social house and downsizing to smaller accommodation, freeing up much-needed accommodation for families around the City. In addition to the provision of the accommodation, the development also provides the support and community services that are focused on the long-term needs of these older residents.
Speaking at the event the Minister said
“This is a perfect example of an innovative way to both maximise existing housing stock, and tailor housing to the specific needs of households, creating a product that is attractive and sustainable for those making the move from a home they may have lived in for many years”.
Acknowledging that this was one of the first social housing construction projects he has had the opportunity to visit since his appointment as Minster for Housing last week, the Minister made reference to the high priority that the new Government is placing on increasing social housing supply.
“The Taoiseach made it very clear in his first speech in the Dáil last week that accelerating and significantly increasing new social housing is a key priority of his new Government. I come to this post with the benefit of strong foundations laid by the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, my predecessor Minister Coveney, local authorities, AHBs and my own Department. However, what I am now focused on is driving forward; accelerating delivery; ensuring that the necessity for urgency and expediency is understood, and that every opportunity is harnessed, in order to deliver new housing”, the Minister remarked.