On Friday 21 June 2019, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, was in County Wexford to perform the official opening of five social housing projects. The Minister was accompanied by local public representatives, senior housing officials from Wexford County Council and Cooperative Housing Ireland, and representatives of the various contractors involved, as he met with many of the delighted families in their new homes.
Baile Eoghain is a 9-house development in Gorey, designed and constructed by Wexford County Council. It comprises 3 no. 2-bedroom houses, 5 no. 3-bedroom houses and 1 no. 4 bedroom house.
Willow View is a 10-house development in Castlebridge. The privately constructed houses, comprising 2 no. 2-bedroom semi-detached houses, 2 no. 2-bedroom bungalows and 6 no. 3-bedroom semi-detached houses were acquired by the approved Housing Body, Cooperative Housing Ireland for social housing purposes.
Also in Castlebridge, Wexford County Council has purchased Rath an Dúin, a turnkey development of 3 houses. The houses are three–storey and three-bedroom.
In Rosetown, Rosslare, Wexford County Council constructed a further two houses, one of which has been specially adapted to meet the needs of the new tenants.
Ard Uisce, Whiterock Hill, Wexford, is a turnkey scheme of 35 houses within a larger development. The houses, comprising of a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom houses were acquired by Wexford County Council for social housing purposes.
In total, 59 families have been accommodated as a result of these 5 projects, bringing a further reduction to Wexford County Council’s housing waiting list. It follows the Council‘s strong housing performance in 2018 when more than 900 families from all across County Wexford were accommodated through a combination of the Council’s own build programme, turnkey projects, acquisitions by Approved Housing Bodies, leasing arrangements and accommodation provided by the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme.
Speaking from Wexford, Minister Murphy congratulated all involved in bringing the social housing projects to fruition.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my job as Minister is the opportunity to travel around the country meeting families as they get the keys to their own home, and today I want to wish you and your families happiness in your new homes” said Minister Murphy.
He continued, “I also want to reassure those who continue to seek accommodation, that Government and the local authorities are making real progress in the delivery of social housing solutions and that there will be many days like today in the weeks and months ahead for many other families.
I also take this opportunity today to acknowledge the progress being achieved in County Wexford in the provision of social housing solutions, under the leadership of Wexford County Council and with the assistance of the Approved Housing Bodies. I can assure you that I and my Department will not be found wanting in our continued support of your efforts” concluded the Minister.