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.
The dinner, which was attended by some of NABCO’s founding members as well as representatives from the wider co-operative movement, celebrated a year of successes for the Association. New housing developments in Dublin and Cork delivered in partnership with private finance showed that co-operative housing continues to play a vital role in tackling Ireland’s housing crisis.
The event also celebrated a year of phenomenal member engagement, in which more than a quarter of NABCO’s members participated in some form of community development activity. Awards presented on the night recognised contributions made through communal gardens, tidy co-ops and social events such as five-a-side football and the Co-op’s Got Talent competition.
NABCO’s President, Declan Hudson, used the occasion to launch a special publication that provides an overview of the activities that took place during the year. The report also features a comprehensive survey of the history of co-operative housing in Ireland, generously prepared for the Association by its former General Secretary, Bernard Thompson.