€5.7m to boost housing in area

by Ian Begley

DUBLIN Mid West is to receive 47 new homes for approved housing bodies (AHB), as part of a €151m national investment.
Under the investment, the approved housing bodies will receive €5.6m and work with South Dublin County Council to assist those with specific needs such as the elderly, persons with intellectual or physical disabilities and homeless individuals and their families.
The new units are a mixture of new builds and acquisitions and will be ready later on this year while the newly constructed homes will be completed by 2017.
Hollyville Terrace in Palmerstown is set to receive two new units from the Cluid Housing Association worth an estimated €340,000.
Old Nangor Road, Clondalkin, will receive 10 new units from the Dublin Simon Community worth about €1.6m.
Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed this provision, saying: “This is welcome news for people in Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Palmerstown and Saggart. It will directly benefit these individuals and their families and will greatly help to reduce the pressure on South Dublin County Council.
“Furthermore it will provide us with a legacy of improved housing stock for those who are unable to provide for themselves. It is extremely welcome that we will have these new dedicated social housing units to provide supports to those who find themselves in need of housing support.
“The construction and upgrading of these housing units will also help create local employment across Lucan and Clondalkin, the benefits of which will be felt by businesses in our community,” said Minister Fitzgerald.
Clondalkin TD Robert Dowds (Lab) told The Gazette that this provision will help tackle the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis in Dublin Mid-West.
He said: “We have scores of local families who have been made homeless through no fault of their own, and are living in emergency accommodation. It really is not fair on them, and especially not on their children to have to live in such circumstances.
“I know there are a huge amount of people in Clondalkin, Lucan and Palmerstown who are volunteering to try to help those who are homeless. The work of these groups is magnificent and I would like to thank them for all their contributions to tackling this problem. The 47 new units for the county is clearly not going to be enough to solve the problem, but it is a step in the right direction,” said Deputy Dowds.
Lucan Cllr Guss O’Connell (Ind) said that he welcomed the investment but felt the provision for Traveller accommodation had been “starved for cash”.
“As the chairperson for the Traveller Accommodation Committee, I think it’s atrocious that we have no capital for housing at all.
“We have sites planned for Travellers in Dublin Mid-Wests but all we need is the funding,” he said.

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