Minister Murphy visits a
number of social housing schemes in Carlow

Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, today (15 August, 2017) visited a number of social housing schemes in Carlow.  While in Carlow the Minister participated in a number of functions.

At Tullow Road, Carlow (local authority project), the Minister announced approval in principle (Stage 1 approval) to proceed with this Turnkey acquisition of 63 units at a value of approximately €12m.

While in this area the Minister also visited four two-bedroom bungalow units at Mount Leinster Park, for elderly persons at a cost of €550,000.  The keys will be handed over shortly.

During a site visit to a project at Sleaty Street, Graiguecullen, Carlow (Cluid project) the Minister turned the sod on 26 units  development (The units are set out over 3 blocks and consist of  9 x 2 bedroom terraced houses and 17 x 3 bedroom terraced houses)

This development is located in Carlow Town where Carlow County Council has established there are significant requirements for housing. This project is a very good example of a partnership between an AHB and the local authority to address acute accommodation need in this area which has a low percentage of public housing and large private ownership of housing stock.

The construction of these 26 units is expected to be completed in June 2018.

The Minister also viewed  an infill development  at Maryborough Street, Graiguecullen where  construction of 5 apartments comprising: 2 ground-floor 1 bedroom units and 3 upper-floor  2 bedroom units is underway.  It is expected that these homes will be ready in October 2017.

The Minister also formally opened Gleann na Bearu, Bagnalstown (a local authority project) consisting of 24 units comprising: eighteen three-bed, two storey units, and six two-bed bungalows.

This now completed development is located in a very successful mixed development of affordable, social and voluntary houses adjacent to a large private housing development close to the town centre.

The Minister also visited Barrett Street, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow (Tintean Housing Association project).  The project is a turnkey acquisition of ten three-bedroom terraced houses for the purposes of providing long term accommodation for people currently on Carlow County Council’s Housing waiting list. (The units are set out in 3 storey design and are situated at Presentation Place, Barrett Street in the town centre).

Total cost of the project is €1,410,000 approx. of which some €423,000, has been funded under the Capital Advance Leasing Facility with the balance made available from the Housing Finance Agency.

The properties are at finishing stage with works commenced on the site in March 2017. The contractor has made great progress with the units.

“I would like to compliment Carlow County Council and their partners Cluid  & Tintean Housing Associations in some of these projects.  It is great to see local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies working together to provide much needed social homes,”

said Minister Murphy.