15th December, 2021
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD today officially opened a new social housing development at Cois Dara, Chapelstown delivered by Tuath Housing in partnership with Carlow County Council. The new homes are part of a 93-home development, of which 63 will be managed by approved housing body Tuath Housing.
To date, 32 homes have been allocated by Tuath to people from Carlow County Council’s housing waiting list, with the remaining 31 homes due for completion early next year. Tuath is delighted to be working in partnership with the Council and developers Nesselside Builders on this development which will consist of a mix of two, three & four-bed houses. These new homes are being funded via private finance from the Housing Finance Agency and a loan from the Department of Housing. The average cost of a home in the development was approximately €221,000 meaning these high-quality, A rated family homes represent excellent value for money.
Tuath delivered its first homes in partnership with Carlow County Council back in 2018 and now has over 500 residents in the county. The approved housing body has continued working with the local authority to deliver over 115 homes throughout Carlow, including 73 homes in the nearby Brownshill development which was officially opened by then Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy in 2019. Tuath currently has over 8,000 homes in management nationwide and will deliver 1,700 homes in 2021.
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD said, “It’s a real privilege for me to officially open these homes in Cois Dara. I wish the families who are already in situ here the very best of luck in their new homes and I look forward to the delivery of the remaining 31 homes early next year. ‘Housing for All’, the Government’s new plan for housing in Ireland will see us deliver 90,000 much needed social homes between now and the end of 2030. Tuath and Carlow County Council are to be highly commended for bringing this project to fruition,” he concluded.
Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council Fintan Phelan said “Cois Dara is an excellent example of co-operation between Carlow County Council and Tuath Housing. I want to thank Tuath housing for their work and Nesselside builders for constructing top quality homes. The support of the Minister and the Department in this project has been critical and builds on the ambitious Housing for All strategy. Well done to the housing department in Carlow County Council who have worked tirelessly on this project and others ensuring homes are delivered for the people of Carlow.”
Alison O’Gorman, Tuath Director of Housing Services commented “The delivery of these 32 high-quality homes at Cois Dara is a tangible example of partnership and collaboration in action. We thank Carlow County Council and developers Nesselside Builders for their support and collaboration so far as we look forward to the delivery of the remaining 31 homes early next year”
Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive of the Housing Finance Agency said “The HFA is delighted to support this new development in Cois Dara which will provide much needed two- and three-bedroom homes for families in Carlow. We will continue to provide competitively priced long term fixed rate finance to Tuath, and others in the sector, to support the strong delivery of social and affordable homes across the country.”