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  • Southside

Taoiseach turns the first sod on new apartment site

Monday, 30th October, 2017 6:00pm

THE Taoiseach was on the Southside last week where he helped turn the first sod on a complex of 19 new apartments at Beech Hill, Donnybrook.

The Voluntary Housing Association of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, RHD Housing, is working with Dublin City Council and the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government to refurbish and extend the vacant Dublin City Council site.

The sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of the work was attended by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and the Minister for Housing, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, who is a former member of the Board of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook.

RHD Housing has received planning permission for developing the site, which will also include a range of community facilities.

It is hoped to have the complex built by September of next year. The completion of the project will bring to 68 units the overall number of housing units provided by RHD Housing. 

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of RHD Housing, Robin Simpson, said: “Over the life of our Strategic Plan, we aim to acquire/build, or to have, an additional 130 units in the pipeline, bringing our total to approximately 200 in order to meet the demand arising from an increase in the number of older people living in our area.”

RHD Housing was established in 1993 as a social housing provider for frail older adults and people with disabilities.

It was founded by the Royal Hospital Donnybrook which has been providing care for disadvantaged and disabled people for 270 years.

The housing association is a not-for-profit company and is run by a Board of Management.

 It has charitable status, and is a member of the Irish Council for Social Housing.

The association adopted a new Strategic Plan in September last year. Its ambition is to be a leader in providing high quality housing in a secure environment for older persons and people with physical disabilities and, through providing services and supports, enable them to live independently. By providing the right design of accommodation, the majority of residents can remain in their homes longer than is the case in traditional housing. 

The Chairman, Mr. Simpson said: “RHD Housing believes that frail older people, including those with physical disabilities, have a right to continue to live independently in their own communities, with supports as required. That is why we provide a range of support services to our residents to enable them to live independently and to reside in a community setting which affords them a better lifestyle than in a nursing home or institutional care

“Our philosophy of care and independent living for older people continues the tradition of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, which has been providing outstanding healthcare services for the past 270 years”, he added. “This expansion of RHD Housing also complements the Hospital’s strategy to develop an integrated healthcare campus in Donnybrook incorporating rehabilitation, day hospital and primary care services.”


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