Minister Kelly announces a further 1,000 social houses for construction

26 January 2016

– 400 new local authority staff to support the construction of 10,000 homes per year

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D., today announced a further allocation of funding of €182 million for the delivery of nearly 1,000 additional social housing units. 

These most recent approvals follow two large scale announcements to the value of half a billion euros already made by the Ministers for new social housing projects.

This latest announcement is in respect of over 50 new social housing projects that the Ministers have recently approved. They include new construction projects, turnkey projects and a number of town centre developments that will both deliver social housing and improve the urban landscape.

Minister Kelly stated: “I am delighted to announce that we have approved a further 1,000 social housing units across 22 local authorities, at a cost of €182 million. These projects show the range of delivery options we are utilising. We have created a strong pipeline of new local authority-led construction projects, which I have prioritised as a key part of the medium and long-term response to social housing delivery. We have also actively pursued options for fast delivery, such as turnkey developments and large scale acquisitions. These give very early delivery of new homes for those on the waiting list”.

In 2015 the Ministers approved funding for over 1,000 acquisitions of social housing units and the remediation of 2,700 vacant houses and apartments. Alongside over 200 construction projects so far sanctioned for local authorities and approved housing bodies, and the approval of new turnkey projects, the Social Housing Strategy is ensuring a strong range of delivery mechanisms is being used. Since the publication of the Social Housing Strategy, over 400 posts have been sanctioned in local authorities in order to develop a local authority system that is capable of building 10,000 social housing units per year.


Proposed Capital projects for the delivery of new Social Housing Units
Local Authority Project No. of Units Estimated Cost Approved Housing Body
Carlow County Council Hackettstown 4 €725,000
Cork City Council *Gerald Griffin Street 17 €4,700,000
Cork City Council Dean Rock, Togher 60 €13,100,000
Cork County Council Castletreasure, Donnybrook, Douglas 28 €6,500,000
Cork County Council Midelton 61 €13,200,000
Cork County Council Passage West 26 €4,700,000
Cork County Council Ballincollig 34 €7,400,000
DLR County Council Sallynoggin Close, Sallynoggin 4 €820,000
DLR County Council Park Close, Sallynoggin 10 €1,800,000
DLR County Council Dale Rd, Kilmacud 4 €830,000 Camphill Communities of Ireland
Donegal County Council Manorcunnigham Housing Scheme 8 €1,250,000
Donegal County Council Rockytown, Buncrana 20 €3,200,000
Dublin City Council Belcamp B 12 €2,000,000
Dublin City Council Belcamp C 16 €2,640,000
Fingal County Council Cappagh – Phase 2 32 €5,420,000
Fingal County Council **Racecourse Commons, Lusk – Phase 2 27 €3,300,000
Fingal County Council Rossan Court, Waterville Row, Blanchardstown 44 €13,000,000
Galway City Council Ballymoneen Road (Phase 2) 55 €11,650,000
Galway County Council ***Gilmartin Road, Tuam 66 €7,800,000
Kerry County Council **The Park, Killarney (Phase 2) 8 €1,450,000
Kerry County Council **Killeen, Tralee 9 €1,100,000
Kerry County Council Listowel 10 €1,500,000
Kerry County Council Milltown, Bridewell 10 €1,950,000
Kerry County Council *Bill Kinnerk Road, Tralee 4 €730,000
Kerry County Council Kenmare 22 €3,900,000
Kildare County Council Rathasker, Naas 50 €8,750,000
Kildare County Council Athgarvan 30 €5,250,000
Kildare County Council Jigginstown House, Newbridge Road, Naas 14 €1,600,000 Homeless Care Ltd.
Kildare County Council Green Road, Newbridge 2 €300,000 KARE
Kildare County Council 27 Mansfield Grove, Athy, Co. Kildare 4 €340,000 KARE
Leitrim County Council Ballinamore 2 €320,000 Society of St Vincent de Paul (St. Brigids Conference)
Limerick City & County Council Cappamore 12 €1,400,000 Cappamore Housing Association
Louth County Council Moneymore, Drogheda 1 €250,000 North & East Housing Association
Louth County Council Barrack Street, Dundalk 10 €840,000 Simon Community
Louth County Council Saltown, Dundalk 7 €940,000 North & East Housing Association
Louth County Council Dundalk (Vacant units at various locations) 24 €3,100,000
Louth County Council Drogheda (Vacant units at various locations) 12 €1,700,000
Mayo County Council Knockmore, Ballina 8 €1,520,000
Offaly County Council Chancery Lane, Tullamore 18 €3,000,000
Sligo County Council Knappagh Road, Sligo 28 €6,550,000
South Dublin County Council Letts Field, Neilstown, Clondalkin 37 €8,400,000
Tipperary County Council Borrisoleigh 12 €2,100,000
Tipperary County Council Templetouhy 6 €1,100,000
Tipperary County Council Thurles 6 €700,000 Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association
Waterford City & County Powers Field, Hennessys Rd, Waterford 4 €680,000 Focus Ireland Housing Association
Waterford City & County Wadding Manor, Ferrybank 10 €1,700,000 Respond!
Waterford City & County An Garran, Tramore 32 €4,900,000
Westmeath County Council St. Lawrence Terrace, Mullingar 8 €1,600,000
Westmeath County Council Bun Daire, Kinnegad (Phase 3) 28 €5,250,000
Westmeath County Council Farran Mullingar 3 €500,000 Tuath Housing Association
Wexford County Council Cherry Orchard, Enniscorthy 8 €1,130,000
Wexford County Council Oilgate 2 €340,000
Wexford County Council Ross Road, Enniscorthy 1 €175,000
Wexford County Council Clonard 26 €3,400,000
996 €182,500,000

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