Taoiseach views new housing scheme on flying visit
Louth County Council's Chief Executive Joan Martin has expressed confidence that the local authority will meet its target for the provision of new homes in 2019.
She made her comment as An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the new Dundoogan development at Haynestown on Friday.
Túath Housing Association are acquiring 112 houses out of the planned 1,100 home development for social housing, in collaboration with the Department of Housing, Louth County Council and developer, Canon Kirk Ltd. The first phase of 26 homes are due to be handed over this month with the remaining 86 homes ready for occupation by early 2020.
Tenants from Louth County Council's housing list will move into the houses which will consist of 40 two bed houses, 66 three bed houses and 6 four bed houses.
Ms Martin said: 'Louth County Council are delighted that this project has progressed to the point where, in conjunction with Túath, we are now in a position to see these houses being allocated to applicants who have been on the Louth Housing waiting list for a significant number of years.
She explained that it was one of the initiatives which the Council have undertaken to deliver homes and they were delighted with the partnership they have the Túath and with other Approved Housing Bodies. 'This, together with our acquisition and leasing programme and our actions on vacant homes makes us confident that we will meet our 2019 target to provide new homes.'
The €27 million cost of the 112 social homes is being funded by a combination of Capital Advanced Leasing Facility) (CALF) from the Department of Housing and competitive loan finance on a fixed term of 25 years from the Housing Finance Agency / European Investment Bank.
Speaking at the launch, Túath Housing's Chairman, Eamon Gavigan described Dundoogan as 'an excellent example of collaboration in action and it is testament to government and stakeholder commitment to Re-Building Ireland for the benefit of local communities.'
He continued that the contractor Canon Kirk started working on site in September 2018. The had, he said, 'worked closely and speedily with Túath to ensure delivery of high quality homes in a timely manner.'
Mr Gavigan stated that 'Housing is as important a piece of infrastructure as our roads, railways, schools and hospitals.
'Meeting the housing needs of citizens is a massive challenge requiring joined up thinking and collaboration.
'Túath will not be found wanting and intend to play our part to deliver more social homes in the years ahead via partnerships with the private and public sectors.
'It is essential that ordinary people, the elderly and those with special needs who can no longer afford to buy or rent in the open market are given hope that they will be able to secure a place they really can call home.'
Michael Cannon, Director of the Cannon Kirk Group, said that the company was delighted to be working in partnership with Túath Housing and Louth County Council.
'This project is an example of what can be achieved from a proactive partnership between developers, local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies
'Together we look forward to delivering much needed quality housing in Dundalk,' he said.
Meanwhile the latest Homelessness Report from the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government for the period from January 21 to 27 showed that there were 156 homeless in Louth in January.
This was up by 25.8 per cent from 124 in December. It represented a 6.1 per cent increase of the same period of last year when there were 147 deemed to be homeless in Louth. The only counties reporting higher numbers of homeless were Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.