Minister hails progress on housing | Anglo-Celtic
Housing, Local Government and Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien praised Cavan County Council’s efforts to provide much needed social housing across various schemes during a visit to the county yesterday (Friday May 20) .
During his visit, Minister O’Brien inspected the progress of the construction of six new social homes by local contractor Crosserlough Construction in Butlersbridge, the delivery of 15 new homes in Ballinagh by contractor Cavan Sandar Construction, the restoration and deep energy refurbishment of vacant units in John Paul Avenue, Cavan Town, by local contractor Hyland Construction, and a partnership between Cavan County Council and Approved Housing Organization Tuath to deliver 25 units to Drumalee Manor , Cavan Town.
Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly (FF) welcomed the Minister to Cavan. “The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has been very supportive of Cavan County Council’s drive to increase the supply of social housing in the county, and I am pleased that Minister O’Brien was able to come here today to see first hand the great work that is being delivered by our housing construction team, working with local contractors and partner agencies such as Tuath.
Speaking at Drumalee Manor, where he opened the first phase of a 25-unit development, carried out by Cavan County Council and Tuath Housing Association through the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) scheme with an investment of £4 .6 million, Minister O’Brien said: “I was delighted to see firsthand the number of housing projects currently under development in County Cavan. The government’s new housing plan, Housing for All, places particular emphasis on such projects and we will deliver 90,000 new social housing units by 2030 across the country. It is particularly welcome to see the focus on refurbishing and recommissioning vacant social housing and I highly commend Cavan County Council for the work they are doing in this regard. »
Acting Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Eoin Doyle, said: “This visit highlights the diverse approach that Cavan County Council has taken to delivering on our social housing goals. and the government’s ambitious ‘Housing for All’ plan. Through the delivery of turnkey developments, a fast track vacancy program and successful partnerships with approved housing bodies such as Tuath, Cavan County Council leaves no stone unturned as we seek to meet the needs of county social housing.
“I am particularly pleased that so many local contractors have been successful in securing contracts for the delivery of social housing and that Cavan County Council has been able to support local jobs with contracts worth 17 million euros. currently being delivered by local businesses, giving a welcome boost to the local economy,” Mr Doyle added.
In total, the Cavan County Council and approved partner housing organizations are currently piloting the construction or renovation of more than 200 homes in the department, for an investment of nearly 25 million euros.
In the east of the county, Minister O’Brien also visited two major capital projects currently being undertaken by Cavan County Council, the new fire station in Ballyjamesduff and the Civic Centre, Library and Ramor Theater in Virginia.
Due to open later this year, the state-of-the-art £1.5million Ballyjamesduff fire station, which is fully funded by the Department for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, is also being delivered by local contractor Sandar Construction and is the last of 10 county fire stations to be upgraded.
Work on Virginia’s flagship civic center is expected to be completed by prime contractor Demac Construction by the end of this summer. The historic project, which will include a new library, additional theater space at the Ramor Theater and a shared multipurpose civic event space – both indoors and outdoors – will meet the needs of all the departments there and the community at large.
The project is funded by the Rural Regeneration Development Fund funding of €3,963,525, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, with additional funding of €1.3 million from the Fund’s own resources. Cavan County Council.