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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Irish civil society publishes briefing on European Semester

The Better Europe Alliance had published a guide to Europe 2020 and the European Semester.  The easy-to-understand guide sets out the importance of the Europe 2020 Strategy for coordinating social, environmental and economic goals across Europe. It also outlines how the European Semester is used to ensure that national and EU policies, including commitments in the Stability and Growth Pact are …

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NABCO shortlisted for Q Mark Award

Ireland’s national provider of co-operative housing has been nominated for a Q Mark Award in Quality Management Systems for the second year in a row.  The award recognises business excellence in all areas of the organisation. NABCO joined the Q Mark system in 2013 and was awarded the Q Mark on its first assessment.  In its second year of participation, …

Major new co-operative housing scheme announced for north Dublin

Co-operative Housing Ireland is to provide homes for 39 families at a vacant site in Richmond Road, Drumcondra, Co. Dublin. The homes will be developed at a cost of €10.5million with construction due to commence in the first half of 2016. The first occupants are expected to take up residence in 2017. The development at Richmond Road will combine a …

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Homes for 24 Families in West Cork Co-operative

The homes at the Tannery in Bandon are a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses with open plan living spaces and attractive landscaped gardens close to the centre of the busy west Cork town. NABCO has previously worked with NAMA to deliver a housing development in Cobh, Co. Cork that provided homes for thirteen local families. The housing model …

Co-operative Housing Ireland publishes annual housing sentiment survey

Co-operative Housing Ireland’s second annual Housing Sentiment Survey, published today, has confirmed a worsening housing situation across the country for tenants in its year on year comparison. Long term rental as opposed to home ownership is becoming more the norm as 58% of tenants give up on the idea of home ownership and the duration of tenancies increased. Fear of …

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NABCO calls for strategic approach to housing in Budget 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”white” css=”.vc_custom_1551863404535{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 62px !important;}”][vc_column_text] NABCO calls for strategic approach to housing in Budget 2015 [/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”white” css=”.vc_custom_1551863459368{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 32px !important;}”][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”white” css=”.vc_custom_1551863459368{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 32px !important;}”][vc_column_text]In an article in today’s Irish Independent, Kieron Brennan has called for a new approach to social housing delivery that recognises its crucial role as a key piece of social and …

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NABCO welcomes publication of Social Housing Strategy

Ireland’s co-operative housing provider today welcomed the publication of a national Social Housing Strategy to 2020.  The Strategy aims to deliver 35,000 homes over the period of the plan to substantially address social housing waiting lists and was launched by Minister Alan Kelly following a visit to a housing co-operative in Dublin City this morning. As the representative body for …

Call for applicants for nomination as candidates for election in the Administrative Panel of Seanad Éireann

Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland provides for Senators elected as panel representatives to be “persons having knowledge and practical experience of…social services including voluntary social activities”. Co-operative Housing Ireland is one of a number of nominating bodies for the Seanad Administrative Panel that are seeking applications from individuals who wish to be nominated as a candidate for the …

Community and Voluntary sector organisations initiate fresh approach to Seanad elections

Two Community and Voluntary sector representatives have emerged to contest the forthcoming Seanad election following an historic collaboration between the majority of nominating bodies on the Administrative Panel. The initiative saw an advertisement placed in the national media seeking applications from those with particular knowledge and practical experience of the Community and Voluntary sector. An Independent Selection Committee, chaired by Professor …

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First Housing Sentiment Survey reveals many people afraid of losing home

NABCO, Ireland’s co-operative housing provider, has published a Housing Sentiment Survey that explores the issues faced by members of Irish households.   This is the first research of its type that asks ordinary people about the make-up of their household, the challenges that they face, and their housing aspirations. The report finds that many tenants in private rental accommodation are spending …

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Information for rental co-operative members

From April of this year, Co-operative Housing Ireland, along with all other approved housing bodies, was brought under the remit of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), when the relevant sections of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015 came into effect.  The process is under way to register existing tenancies with the Board. There will be no noticeable difference to the …

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NABCO publishes 2013 Annual Report

Members of the co-operative housing movement from across Ireland attended the Annual General Meeting of NABCO in Dublin on 13th December.  Attendees included members from co-operative housing developments in Dublin, Munster, Kildare and Connacht. At the AGM, President of NABCO Mr. Declan Hudson launched the Annual Report which highlighted the large number of activities that had taken pace in the context …

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Co-operative housing to benefit from investment fund for social housing

The co-operative housing movement in Ireland will benefit from inclusion in a €300 million investment fund for social housing announced today.  The fund, which is backed by the European Investment Bank and Housing Finance Agency (HFA) will deliver an additional 2,000 units of social housing over the next three years. NABCO, which has previously received HFA funding for new social housing …