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  • Northside East

Families celebrate moving into new homes

Monday, 25th December, 2017 10:00am
Families celebrate moving into new homes

Dolores O Brien celebrates moving into her new home in Chanel Manor. PHOTO: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

Families celebrate moving into new homes

Dolores O Brien celebrates moving into her new home in Chanel Manor. PHOTO: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

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A NORTHSIDE woman has every reason to look forward to 2018 following the official opening of a new social housing development in Coolock.  

Dolores O’Brien and her five children were among 16 families and 69 children who moved into the Respond social housing development in Chanel Manor.

All 16 families were previously on the social housing waiting list for Dublin City Council.

Ms O’Brien said: “I cannot tell you how thrilled I and my family are that we are now in our new home. The house is beautiful! 

“We now have enough bedrooms for us all and I truly believe this is the lease of life we all needed. 

“I and my five children had been in seriously overcrowded conditions for years before and this was affecting us all.”

Ms O’Brien added: “Now the children are happy to have their friends come around and I feel this is our new hope – the hope that we can live now in the space that we need - and the hope, which I can see is already happening, that my children are happier and more confident about the rest of their lives.”

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy visited Coolock to officially open the new housing development during Christmas week.

Minister Murphy said he was delighted to open these “wonderful homes”. 

“Providing homes is a permanent solution to housing families and I want to commend Respond for their hard work in developing these homes,” he said. “I‘m glad that my Department could assist financially. 

“Next year we will spend close to €2 billion on social housing programmes and many more families will be removed from social housing waiting lists and housed nationwide. 

“I wish all of the residents many years of happiness in their new homes.”

Declan Dunne, chief executive of Respond Housing, said Respond is all about building homes and creating communities for those in severe housing need. 

“The houses here are beautiful and of very high quality and only rightly so,” said Mr Dunne. 

“Respond is committed to adding at least 2,500 more homes to its existing stock of 4,225 units in the course on the next few years.

“We know that the long-term answer to our housing and homelessness crisis lies in addressing the severe shortfall in social housing supply.”

Mr Dunne said Chanel Manor is one small part of that overall answer. 

“I would like to thank the Minister, the Department, Dublin City Council and Marlet Construction for helping us provide the new homes,” he added.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, pictured with some of the new residents of Chanel Manor in Coolock. PHOTO: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

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