Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, T.D. visited the village of Oylegate County Wexford on Friday last, 11 May 2018 to officially open two specially designed family homes funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Two families can now look forward to a fresh start in these new homes which will cater for their specific family needs.
Welcoming the development, the Minister said: “I mainly want to congratulate the new tenants and to wish them every happiness in their new homes. It is the real pleasure of this job that as well as dealing with plenty of challenges and problems, I also get to come to an event like this one and meet the people whose lives will be transformed for the better by the provision of high quality housing”.
The new homes were designed in-house by Wexford County Council Housing Department specifically with the needs of these families in mind. They were built by local contractor Quarryview Developments Ltd. on behalf of the Council with funding provided by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Ahead of a meeting on Friday with Wexford County Council officials to discuss the range of social housing activity taking place across the county, the Minister remarked - “I am delighted to see first-hand the high level of commitment and energy being displayed by Wexford County Council as it delivers on the ambitious targets for social housing delivery that Government has set for each local authority across the country over the coming years. I want to reiterate that my Department and the relevant stakeholders are here to assist and support Wexford County Council in realising that task”.
Earlier on Friday morning Minister Michael D’Arcy, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform was on hand in Gorey to attend the handover of the first 4 completed homes in a 22-unit turnkey development at Gleann an Ghairdin, Ballytegan Road, Gorey. The remaining units will be handed over to Wexford County Council over the coming months and it is anticipated that all 22 units will shortly be occupied by families from the Council’s housing list.
“I am delighted to be here this morning to attend the handover of these new homes” said Minister D’Arcy. “North Wexford is continues to experience strong housing demand with the result that it can be very difficult for those on the Council’s housing list to secure accommodation in the area. This turnkey development will be fully completed and occupied in the next year, bringing security of tenure and a renewed quality of life to 22 families who have been waiting patiently for many years for a home of their own”.
Rebuilding Ireland is a €6 billion, multi-annual, broadly based action plan which seeks to increase the overall supply of new homes to 25,000 per annum by 2020; deliver an additional 50,000 social housing units in the period to 2021; and meet the housing needs of an additional 87,000 households through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.
Under Rebuilding Ireland, Wexford County Council has been set ambitious targets for the delivery of a range of housing options over the period 2017 – 2019, with funding of €25 million provided by the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government. The Council is well ahead of target and expects to deliver almost 2800 social housing units during the life of the Programme.