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Council CEO Tom Enright is appointed to national housing board


Tom Enright.

Tom Enright.

Tom Enright.


Minister Darragh O’Brien has appointed Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright to the Board of the Housing Finance Agency for a five-year period.

The appointment is one of several new directors to the board and runs from May 2022 to May 2027.

The Minister has nominated Frank Allen as Chairperson Designate of the HFA – a company under the aegis of the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage of Ireland. 

In housing the HFA's function is to advance loan finance to local authorities, the voluntary housing sector and Higher Education Institutions to be used by them for any purpose authorised by the Housing Acts and to borrow or raise funds for these purposes.

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The HFA has grown as an organisation since its inception and, with lending to AHB’s Local Authorities and higher education institutions, its current loan book is €5.9 billion. The HFA is committed to lending €5 billion into the housing sector over the lifetime of Housing for All representing 25pc of the entire planned investment.

In making the announcement the Minister welcomed the new Board, noting: “The HFA are a key stakeholder in terms of the future of the housing sector under Housing for All, which has the largest ever housing budget in the history of the State, with in excess of €20 billion in funding through the Exchequer, the Land Development Agency (LDA) and the HFA.

Minister O’Brien expressed his confidence that Mr. Allen possesses the requisite skill set and knowledge both in terms of corporate governance and business leadership to lead the HFA into the future. He concluded:

“Given the level of experience and skills this board undoubtedly possesses, allied to the experience and commitment of the Executive and staff of the Agency, that the future management of the HFA is most certainly in good hands and the significant contribution they have made to the housing sector is set to continue and indeed expand."