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  • Northside East

Social housing boost for Northside

Thursday, 30th November, 2017 8:00am
Social housing boost for Northside

Patrick Guinness, Sean Haughey TD (FF), Tommy Broughan TD (Ind), Hon Rory Guinness, Iveagh Trust, and Kieran Guinness pictured at the announcement in Clongriffin.

Social housing boost for Northside

Patrick Guinness, Sean Haughey TD (FF), Tommy Broughan TD (Ind), Hon Rory Guinness, Iveagh Trust, and Kieran Guinness pictured at the announcement in Clongriffin.

THE Northside received a much-needed housing boost last week with the news that 84 new social homes are to be built in Dublin 13. 

Gannon Homes have partnered with the Iveagh Trust to deliver the units within the overall development of Clongriffin Town.

Construction is now well underway on site to provide a range of large one, two and three-bed apartments along with larger three-bed duplex type units.

The development is expected to be completed by Quarter 1, 2019. All of the new homes will be made available to individuals and families on Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list. Delivery of the project has been achieved through agreement with the city council and is funded by the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA).

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, visited Clongriffin to unveil the foundation stone for the new homes. Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha was also in attendance.

When completed, Gannon Homes’ development at Clongriffin Town will be home to over 10,000 people and include commercial, retail, student and hotel accommodation.

Gene Clayton, chief executive of the Iveagh Trust, said its trustees are determined that it plays its part in meeting the huge need that exists for social and affordable homes. 

“The Trust currently owns and manages 130 units in the immediate vicinity at Clongriffin,” said Mr Clayton.

“This latest development will increase the size of our community there to over 200 homes, and bring the total number of homes we provide across Dublin beyond 1,500.

“However, simply delivering additional units is not enough. Building sustainable communities is at the core of the Iveagh Trust’s ethos and ensuring our communities have the facilities in place to establish and thrive is every bit as important as bricks and mortar.”

Minister Murphy said: “The housing crisis is one of the key challenges facing the State and, in responding to that challenge, it is encouraging to witness part of the significant investment programme being provided under Rebuilding Ireland coming to fruition in Clongriffin. 

“These 84 new social homes are an example of the successful joint working between Dublin City Council and the historic Iveagh Trust who have been providing houses to those that need them in Ireland since 1890.”

Mr Varadkar said the Government is absolutely committed to increasing the number of social and affordable houses being delivered, as well as increasing the number of houses available in the private market. 

He said the process that deals with the delivery of affordable and social housing is a very important element of our approach to tackling our housing needs. 

“The delivery of these 84 new social homes in Clongriffin underlines the crucial role that approved housing bodies like the Iveagh Trust have to play in meeting our targets under Rebuilding Ireland,” he said. 

“By encouraging developments such as this one with a mix of social, affordable and privately bought houses, we can help create integrated, sustainable communities.”

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