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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Irish Water refunds help charity to pay for new homes

 

Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust, Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Anthony Lavin and Peter McVerry at the launch of the new social housing development in Ravenswood, Fingal.
Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust, Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Anthony Lavin and Peter McVerry at the launch of the new social housing development in Ravenswood, Fingal.
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

The Peter McVerry Trust has unveiled the first homes paid for through members of the public donating their water charges refunds.

It opened its newest social housing development in Ravenswood, in Fingal, yesterday.

It's the charity's first greenfield development, and comprises eight one-bedroom homes together with a small community building at a total cost of around €1.6m.

While it was funded primarily through Rebuilding Ireland, it was also supported by money raised in 2018 through the Refund Project, an initiative that encouraged people to donate their refunds from Irish Water to three charities, one of which was the Peter McVerry Trust.

A spokesperson for the trust said yesterday it had received €361,000 as a result of the appeal.

"The two units in Ravenswood delivered through the funding of the Refund Project cost €236,000 (€118,000 each).

"The remaining €125,000 will deliver a new home in Athy, Co Kildare," said the spokesperson.

Liam Coughlan (41), originally from Dublin's city centre, who is going to be one of the first tenants to move into the development, described getting his new home as "overwhelming".

He added that it was "nice and spacious".

Irish Independent

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