The current economic crisis is hitting European businesses hard, and younger generations are paying most of the bill. European co-operators are convinced that now more than ever co-operatives are the business model of the future and that they are key to sustainable prosperity. As co-operative organisations, we feel a great responsibility to find ways to contribute to a solution to unemployment, especially for young people.
A seminar to be held in Dublin will explore how local communities can use the co-operative model to generate and sell their own energy.
Speaking at the SEAI's national Energy Show today, NABCO's Director of Development, Geoff Corcoran shared the Association's experience of developing warmer homes for co-operative members. NABCO has played a leading role in delivering the SEAI's Better Energy Area Based Warmer Homes initiative in the Dublin region.
NABCO, Ireland's national body for the co-operative housing movement, has announced its support for the 2014 European Co-operative manifesto. The manifesto has been produced by Cooperatives Europe, which represents 123 million co-operative members across the continent.
Speaking at a Housing Finance Agency (HFA) seminar in Dublin this morning, Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan TD announced that NABCO had been approved for direct lending by the HFA. The announcement makes NABCO one of the few Approved Housing Bodies certified for lending from this source.
NABCO, Ireland's national representative body for the co-operative housing movement, has provided thirteen new homes for families in Cobh, Co. Cork. The homes were delivered through a partnership with NARPS, a subsidiary of NAMA established to deliver social housing.
Members of the co-operative housing movement from across Ireland attended the Annual General Meeting of NABCO in Dublin on 7th December. Attendees included members from new co-operative housing developments in Killiney and Mulhuddart in Co. Dublin.
Members of Ireland's co-operative housing movement gathered at a Gala Dinner in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin last night to clebrate the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of NABCO. Established in 1973 to represent, promote and develop the co-operative housing movement, NABCO continues to support members to work together to grow and develop communities across Ireland.
Co-operators from across the world gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, this week to discuss plans to deliver the 'Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade' - an ambitious plan to make co-operative enterprise by 2020:
Auburn Lodge Housing Co-operative in Killiney, Co. Dublin, received a Community Housing Award for Innovative Finance Solutions at a ceremony in Wexford.
The Board of NABCO today signed the Charter of Commitments in 'Building for the Future' the Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies.
New legislation aimed at easing the regulatory burden on co-operatives has been welcomed by NABCO, Ireland's national federation for the co-operative housing movement.
At an event in Dublin today, Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan T.D., officially launced 'Building for the Future, a Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies'. The publication can be downloaded here.
The President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), Dame Pauline Green, paid a visit to co-operative members on a recent trip to Dublin. Dame Pauline, who was in Dublin to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Dublin Food Co-op, also took time to meet with Ireland's only full members of the ICA, NABCO.
The largest residential development to finished in the country this year, as well as being the largest single housing co-operative in Ireland, is to be officially opened today in Mulhuddart, West Dublin. The €53m development by NABCO, developed in partnership with Fingal County Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, consists of 240 homes in Avondale Park Housing Co-Operative. It has already been partly occupied by families from the local housing waiting list, which currently stands at just over 5,000.