Irish Water refunds help charity to pay for new homes
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".