Thursday 21 September 2017

Families 'over the moon' to move into 'great location'

Izabela Tomas with her son Casper in her new home in Doughiska in Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes
Izabela Tomas with her son Casper in her new home in Doughiska in Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes

Ian Begley

Twenty happy families got the keys to their new homes this week as part of a joint venture to deliver 300 units between Co-Operative Housing Ireland and Galway City Council.

Residents will become shareholders in their local co-op and will have a say in the management of their community.

Mother-of-two Izabela Tomas (31) told the Irish Independent that she was "over the moon" and "so excited" be included in the new housing scheme.

"I have been on the council's waiting list for over 10 years. Last year, my landlord told me that he was selling the house I was renting, so looking for a new home for my children and I has been a nightmare," she said.

"We have received the keys to our new home and moved in on Thursday. It's a really lovely place and it's in a great location."

Some of the families and individuals that have secured a home were drawn from the council waiting list, while others are coming out of homelessness.

The scheme, which will cost €3.8m, saw the first tranche of apartments and townhouses launched in the Doughiska area of Galway city.

A further 90 units are under development in Galway city and 200 additional homes are planned for the wider region in the coming 12 to 18 months.

Irish Independent

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