The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD officially opened a new social housing development of 52 homes at Canal Bridge in Bluebell, Dublin in the presence the Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy. The homes are delivered by Approved Housing Body and service provider Respond, in partnership with Dublin City Council.
The Minister for Housing also visited another Respond site on the Long Mile Road consisting of 153 homes. Respond currently has 1,433 homes in construction across Ireland.
Canal Bridge Apartments includes 52 new lifetime homes for Respond tenants; a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments. The homes have been funded by a combination of private finance from the Housing Finance Agency and a loan from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The Respond site on the Long Mile Road which is currently nearing completion will consist of 153 homes; a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and duplexes. This development is one of many large Respond sites.
Respond now have 3,653 tenants living in 1,342 homes in Dublin.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy, said, “having somewhere to call home is so important for each and every one of us. Everyone knows the difficulties we have in our society at the minute with regard to housing. A home isn’t just a pile of bricks. It’s somewhere you can call your own, somewhere you can be yourself and somewhere you can feel safe. I wish all the tenants here every happiness in their new home and I would like to congratulate Dublin City Council and Respond for making this possible.”
Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond, “we are proud of the strong working relationship we have with Dublin City Council, enabling us to deliver these 52 lifetime homes for families and individuals who need them. The tenants who are moving in now will become part of the community here and we hope they will be very happy. This is only possible with the ongoing co-operation of our partners. We would like to thank Dublin City Council, the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency. Our partners are essential to us achieving our goals of delivering additional social homes and providing services in the community.”
“Over 80% of Respond’s delivery is newly constructed homes. Over the last 40 plus years, we have amassed considerable experience in managing the construction process and our in-house design team has wide ranging expertise in all aspects of housing delivery. We remain committed to playing our part building social and cost rental homes throughout the country and providing services for families and individuals who need them.”
Alison Gilliland, the Chairperson of Dublin City Council Housing Strategic Policy Committee, “housing partnerships such as this one with Respond are very important to Dublin City Council’s capacity to deliver much needed housing across our city. This beautifully designed and built development will provide 52 long term secure homes and those living in them will not only build their own community but will also contribute to the richness of the wider local Bluebell community.”
Source: Dublin City Council