CHI opens Ireland’s largest housing co-operative

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 Co-operative Housing Ireland, developed in partnership with Fingal County Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, consists of 240 homes …

President of International Co-operative Alliance visits Dublin

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. During her tour of NABCO developments, Dame …

NABCO welcomes publication of regulation code for Irish Approved Housing Bodies

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. Speaking at the launch, NABCO Chief Executive, Dr. Niall O’Keeffe, said: “the co-operative housing movement has been calling for some time for an agreed framework for …

Proposed Legislation on Co-operatives Welcomed by NABCO

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. The Friendly Societies and Industrial and Provident Societies Bill 2013 (link here) will ease some of the regulatory burdens on co-operatives, including time available to file returns, and provides co-operatives with access to examinership, which had previosuly …

NABCO signs Voluntary Regulation Code

NABCO’s commitment to the Code comes following the successful award of the Q Mark for Quality Management Services in April of this year.

Co-operators gather in Cape Town

International Co-operators gather in Cape Town

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: the acknowledged leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability the model preferred by people the fastest growing form of enterprise. Leading on delivering the vision will …

Gala Dinner closes 40th Anniversary Year

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 …

NABCO publishes 2012 Annual Report

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. At the AGM, President of NABCO Mr. Declan Hudson launched the Annual Report which highlighted the large number of activities that had taken pace …

NAMA units converted to co-operative homes in Cork

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. The new development at Cooline builds on NABCO’s existing successful relationship with Cork County Council and will provide homes for families …

NABCO approved for funding by Housing Finance Agency

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. Responding to the news, NABCO Chief Executive, Dr Niall O’Keeffe said, …

Co-operative Manifesto for European elections

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. The manifesto shares a vision of: A Europe that focuses on a real economy, serving people’s needs and aspirations rather than financial markets, A …

NABCO shares best practice in energy retrofitting

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. Geoff noted that the delivery of retrofitting measures for 100 homes in Balbriggan and …

Co-op Power – learning about community owned energy production

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. Leading international figures in local energy production from Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany will share their experiences of starting and running successful energy co-operatives.  Irish speakers include Dara O’ Maoldhia from Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Arainn …

CoopStarter – international support for new co-op business

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 …

NABCO to deliver 20 new homes in Dublin

NABCO, Ireland’s national co-operative housing organisation, today commenced works that will deliver 20 much-needed new co-operative homes in Dublin’s Inchicore. The new apartments at Camac Crescent will be completed and occupied in the autumn of this year. This new development, which comprises a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments will provide homes for 20 families on Dublin City Council’s …

NABCO Wins National Q Mark Title

At the National Q Mark Awards in Dublin this evening, NABCO received an award for its quality management systems. The Association has been a member of the EIQA, which awards the Q Mark, since 2013. Speaking after the awards, NABCO Director of Housing and Quality Management Systems, Jan Mingle said: “Both staff and members of NABCO have made a sustained …

Co-operatives are focus of Convergence 2015

Convergence is a sustainable living festival that Cultivate Living and Learning have curated since 2000. For this, the 20th Convergence, a number of workshops, facilitated conversations, field trips and conferences organized by different co-operatives, or organisations promoting co-ops, are being offered across the island. The events will build on Ireland’s rich tradition of co-operatives and the current interest in; community ownership; co-housing; social enterprise; renewable energy co-operatives; co-working; community …

Wexford families benefit from county’s first housing co-operative

New housing at Parkton Mews, Enniscorthy is the first housing co-operative to be opened in the south east and was officially opened by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD today. Vice Chairman for Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr. James Browne represented Wexford County Council. The homes in Enniscorthy are part of a previously unfinished estate and the completion …

Housing Sentiment Survey

NABCO announce appointment of new CEO

NABCO, the national organisation representing, promoting and developing co-operative housing in Ireland are  delighted to announce that Kieron Brennan will be joining NABCO as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer following an extensive recruitment process, which involved both national and international candidates. Mr Brennan joins NABCO from his his role as CEO of the Irish League of Credit Unions which …

Housing Sentiment Survey

Think youth, think cooperative!

The European Youth Forum (the platform of youth organisations in Europe) is convinced that some of the biggest issues facing us today can only be addressed by people co-operating and that youth cooperatives can represent a strong resource for youth autonomy and inclusion. It is crucial to innovate and find new answers to the general slowdown in economic activity and the explosion …