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  • Northside East

Council praised for housing 

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018 1:00pm
Council praised for housing 

Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure AnnMarie Farrelly, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid during their visit to the the construction of the new railway bridge at the Ballymastone lands in Donabate. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHI

Council praised for housing 

Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure AnnMarie Farrelly, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid during their visit to the the construction of the new railway bridge at the Ballymastone lands in Donabate. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHI

FINGAL County Council have been praised for the progress it has made on the delivery of housing across the region. 

Speaking during a visit to Fingal, where he witnessed first-hand the activity taking place under various pillars of the Rebuilding Ireland programme, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said the council is doing “fantastic work”.

“Fingal alone is going to deliver more than 640 new homes into social housing stock this year, in addition to all the other things they are going to do,” said Minister Murphy. 

“And we as a Government are going to oversee delivery of 8,000 homes into the social housing stock this year which is incredibly significant.”

He paid tribute to chief executive Paul Reid and Director of Housing Margaret Geraghty and other council officials.

“This doesn’t happen if they aren’t taking leadership in their own local authority, working with the councillors, working with Government and elected representatives,” said Minister Murphy.

“When we are talking about building new homes, we have to ensure they are first class homes, no matter who we are building them for. 

“A person’s home is their castle and we have to take that approach when we are talking about building private homes, affordable homes and social homes and that is something we are committed to doing in Government.”

Minister Murphy visited Donabate where he saw major progress in the construction of a €14.5 million distributor road. 

The 4km road, which is due for completion in mid-2019, runs through the middle of the Ballymastone lands, which are expected to deliver between 1,000 and 1,200 residential units. 

The new road, which includes the construction of a new bridge over the Dublin-Belfast railway line, will provide alternative access to Donabate and Portrane and will alleviate traffic congestion in the area. 

The road will also provide improved access to the new National Forensic Mental Health Hospital. Completion of the first phase of the Donabate Road will result in the provision of a single carriageway road between Hearse Road and the Portrane Road, with the provision of a second carriageway to coincide with the completion of the proposed phases of development.

During his visit, Minister Murphy first received a briefing at County Hall in Swords. He then visited Seatown in Swords, where the council recently purchased 18 houses which are currently undergoing extensive renovations before their allocation to people in need of social housing support.

Minister Murphy then travelled to the St Vincent de Paul-managed St Benedicts’s Housing for the Elderly in Seabury, Malahide, where he officially opened a €1.45 million eight-unit, single-storey sheltered housing extension. Managed by St Vincent de Paul, the award-winning complex now contains 45 units.

From there, Minister Murphy visited the Donabate Distributor Road, before heading to Balbriggan where he was given a tour of the council-built, rapid delivery scheme in Pinewood.

By the end of September, Fingal County Council had provided 1,181 of the 1,637 social housing homes it had been asked to deliver under the Rebuilding Ireland programme. 

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