Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resource, Sean Kyne TD will open a new housing scheme at Maigh Rua in Doughiska, Galway today, providing homes for twenty-three local families currently on Galway City council’s housing list.
The €3.8 million scheme was developed under a joint initiative between Co-operative Housing Ireland and Galway City Council. Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI) is the national organisation for co-operative housing in Ireland.
The development at Maigh Rua is the first housing development delivered by CHI in the west Ireland, following the appointment of a development manager for the region in 2016. A further 90 housing units are under development in Galway City and more than 200 additional homes are planned for the wider region over the coming 12 months.
The Maigh Rua scheme comprises twenty-three, architecturally designed, high quality apartments adjacent to the local quality bus corridor, and is near the local neighbourhood centre, schools, and retail stores. The mix comprises one, two and three bedroom apartments and townhouses. Many of the units are dual aspect with private balconies, providing a high level of residential amenity. Each apartment has its own individual self-contained external storage space accessed off the car park for bulky goods, bikes, children’s toys etc.
Funding for the scheme, on the site of what was a previously dormant development, is a result of collaborative support between Galway City Council, the Housing Finance Agency, and Department for Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government. This enabled CHI, as an approved housing body, to work with the developer, White Star, to secure the necessary funding for social housing purposes over a relatively short timeframe and to complete the development including high quality finish, landscaping and fit out.
In addition to completion of construction works to the external shell of the development CHI, working with a developer and design team, also ensured that the internal fit out of heating systems, kitchens, bathrooms etc. were all carried out in accordance with a high-quality finish.
Families moving into the scheme are drawn from the Galway City Council housing list and some of the households are coming from homelessness or overcrowded accommodation. Residents will become shareholding members of a local co-operative society and will be able to exercise a real say in the management of their community.
Speaking at the launch, Kieron Brennan CEO, Co-operative Housing Ireland said “The Maigh Rua scheme demonstrates how the co-operative model can provide fast and cost effective housing solutions working in partnership with local authorities and the private sector. We’ve developed a very supportive relationship with Galway City Council over the last year and are delighted that will have delivered more than 100 badly needed homes here by this time next year”.
Co-operative Housing Ireland is the national organisation for co‑operative housing in Ireland. Established in 1973 it is an approved housing body and opened its first Co-operative Housing Ireland office in the west of Ireland in June 2016. CHI works closely with various stakeholders in the housing sector including local councils, government, aspiring home owners, tenants and developers to provide high quality social-rented and home ownership co-operative homes across the country including Carlow, Wexford, Dublin, Cork and Galway.