15th November, 2021
Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Seán Drew welcomed An Taoiseach Micheál Martin to the Royal County to officially open the new homes at Gort Fionnbarra, delivered by Tuath Housing, in partnership with Meath County Council.
The Gort Fionnbarra development consists of 109 homes in total and has been delivered in two phases. The homes, which were built by KJA Gainsfield Ltd, include a mix of two and three bed apartments and houses and have been allocated to families from the Meath County Council housing waiting list. The homes have been funded via a combination of private finance from the Housing Finance Agency and a loan from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The Average per home at Gort Fionnbarra is €225,650, representing excellent value for money.
Tuath delivered its first homes in partnership with Meath County Council back in 2007 in Dunshaughlin and now has over 1,700 residents across the county. The approved housing body has continued working with the local authority to deliver over 525 homes throughout Meath with a further 132 homes on site. The delivery of the new homes at Gort Fionnbarra coincides with a major milestone for Tuath Housing who now have over 8,000 homes in management nationwide in every local authority area, housing over 22,000 people. With a strong pipeline in place, Tuath are on course to deliver over 1,700 homes in 2021
Speaking at the official opening An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “I am delighted to be here today to officially open these 109 safe and secure homes which are much needed for those on the Meath County Council housing waiting list. Housing is without a doubt the biggest challenge facing the country. Our new ‘Housing for All’ strategy will provide unprecedented levels of funding as we embark on the most ambitious social housing programme in the history of the State. I would like to congratulate Tuath on reaching a major milestone in surpassing 8,000 homes nationwide and ask that Tuath and all Approved Housing Bodies continue with the work they are doing to provide homes to people across the country”.
Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Seán Drew commented “Approved Housing Bodies such as Tuath are key delivery partners in the delivery of social housing in County Meath and this new development at Gort Fionnbarra is a wonderful example of the ongoing collaboration between Tuath and Meath Cunty Council. This development forms an integral element of Meath County Council’s ongoing priority to increase the supply of accessible and affordable housing in our County, working in conjunction with the Department, AHB’s and private developers towards achieving this goal.”
Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive of Meath County Council said “I am delighted to attend the official opening of Gort Fionnbarra. This is latest of many developments where Tuath has worked in partnership with Meath County Council, and it is a testament to the excellent working relationship that has developed between us over the years”
Tuath Chairman Daragh O’Sullivan noted that “Tuath are delighted to work with its partners in Meath County Council, the Department of Housing, Developers KJA Gainsfield and the Housing Finance Agency to deliver these high-quality new homes for the people of Meath. The Average cost per home at Gort Fionnbarra is €225,650, representing excellent value for money. Tuath now have over 8,000 homes in management nationwide, with 525 of these located in the Royal County. We look forward to continuing this effective partnership as we seek to deliver even more safe secure homes that people can afford”.
Barry O’Leary, CEO of the Housing Finance Agency said “The HFA is very happy to support this substantial new development which will provide a mix of homes for families in and around Navan. 2021 has been another very busy year for the HFA and the sector. It is great to see Tuath, and other AHBs, continue to grow and to deliver social and affordable homes across the country with the help of our competitively priced long term fixed rate finance”.