Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

€12.5 million allocated for 57 new social homes in Galway

€12.5 million to Galway City Council for the provision of 57 new homes at two locations in the east of the City.

The funding is being provided by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the Rebuilding Ireland’s ‘Local Authority Housing Construction Programme’.

Under the allocation €10.7 million will fund the construction of 50 new homes including 4 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, 26 three-bedroom and 4 four-bedroom houses off the Monivea Road near Rocklands Avenue.

A further €1.78 million will fund seven new two-bedroom homes at a site in Ballybrit near Ballybrit Court. This development is ear-marked for older persons.

This €12.5 million allocation from my colleague, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD is very welcome and necessary and will provide brand new accommodation for over 50 families in Galway.

These projects are part of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan under which the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and local authorities, in this case Galway City Council, have been working together to identify sites and projects which can provide additional homes. These two projects were submitted by the City Council in early January and I want to acknowledge the work of officials at the Department and the City Council in ensuring a quick turnaround time.

I understand that a design team will be appointed immediately and the planning process commended to secure these new homes.

This allocation comes just after the launch by Government of three new programmes – the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, the Affordable Purchase Scheme and the Affordable Rental Scheme – all designed to help individuals and families not eligible for social housing to buy or affordably rent their own homes.