Co-operative Housing Launches its 2019 Annual Report

2019 was a landmark year for Co-operative Housing Ireland, with the organisation delivering 371 new homes throughout the country, 50% more than the previous year, furthering its mission to become a vibrant national organisation with a footprint across the country. This is a record number for the Organisation and follows on from a record year in 2018. Co-operative Housing Ireland …

“I have a fine and snug home no matter what happens – I’m extremely lucky”

Séan Murphy is originally from Curracloe, Co. Wexford. He turned 80 this year during the Covid-19 restrictions, with neighbours and family coming together at a distance to ring in the end of his 80th year. He moved to Castlebridge almost seven years ago, a small town a few miles outside of Wexford. He spent five years living in an apartment …

Co-operative Housing Ireland launches ‘No Place like Home’

“Home has become more important than ever during this pandemic” Co-operative Housing Ireland has today launched its ‘No Place like Home’ campaign. The campaign explores the importance of home during Covid-19. It focuses on the lived experiences of CHI Members during the pandemic and what having a secure home means to them in such uncertain times. The launch coincides with …

Co-operative Housing Ireland delivers 144 new homes in Co. Wicklow

Minister for Health Simon Harris launched Co-operative Housing Ireland’s new social housing development of 144 residential units at Hazelwood, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow yesterday, 29th January 2020. Families moved into the first 78 homes in Hazelbrook in the run-up to Christmas and a further 66 families will be moving in over the coming weeks. The tenants are also members of the …

Supporting Co-operativism

Co-operative Housing Ireland staff – Pat Moyne, Director of Operations and Helena Clarke, Policy and Communications Manager – recently attended a seminar about the Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative in the Centre for Co-operative Studies in University College Cork. Mike Shaw, a founding member of Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative, provided the seminar. He explained that he, and a couple of other …

Ireland wins award for refugee housing programme

Ireland has been named the first ever winner of an international award for promoting community sponsorship as means of providing housing to refugee families. Ireland won the International Award 2019 – at the Community Sponsorship Awards Ceremony in London. This award is in association with the Irish Red Cross, Amnesty international Ireland, UNHCR, The Irish Refugee Council, NASC & Department …

Oldest Housing Co-operative

What is the World’s Oldest Housing Co-operative?

How has an idea over 175 years old, been applied to housing co-operatives and more interestingly (to us at least), when was this idea of co-operating in line with the Rochdale Pioneers seven co-operative principles applied to housing, and what has it meant for how people around the world view housing? There is much debate about co-operatives and their history, …

April Events

Our April Events Recap

April was a busy month for us in terms of events and collaboration with other like-minded organisations. We are always looking to work with organisations and individuals to promote the co-operative message, so if you have any ideas for future events, or new locations for events we’ve mentioned here, do reach out to us by clicking here. April 4th – …

Our April Events

Co-operative Housing Ireland is always delighted to provide our members and those interested in cooperatives with the opportunity to attend events that encourage and promote the cooperative ethos. This coming April we, in collaboration with a number of others, including Forsa trade union, the Dublin Food Co-op, the Dublin Brewing Co-op and the Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland, have …

New Co-operative Housing at Tyrrelstown Park – Fingal

A €48.76 million construction contract for a new mixed tenure co-operative housing development comprising 233 houses and apartments is proceeding on a site at Tyrrelstown Park, off Tyrrelstown Road, Mulhuddart, provided by Fingal County Council. The planning/design, financing and contract arrangements were made by the Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI). The mixed tenure housing development comprises co-operative social rented houses and …

Co-operative Rental in Loughlinstown

Construction of 49 co-operative social rented apartments is advancing at Riverside, Loughlinstown Drive, off Wyatville Road. The €10.7 million contract is due to be completed later in 2009. The site was allocated by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for this co-operative social rented apartment building. Funding support is being provided by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government …

Review of Legislation for Co-operatives

DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE, TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT ANNOUNCES REVIEW OF IPS’ ACTS Co-operative Housing Ireland has welcomed the announcement of a review of the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893 to 2005 by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (April 2009) These Acts provide the legislative framework within which most co-operatives are legally registered, and incorporated with limited liability status …

Co-operative Equity Share Model proposed to tackle unsold housing crisis

Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI), today presented new proposals for addressing Ireland’s housing crisis to Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan. At the official opening of the new Riverside Housing Co-operative in Loughlinstown, County Dublin performed by the Minister, CHI’s Chief Executive, Niall O’Keeffe presented a new Co-operative Equity Share proposal that would create opportunities to start tackling unsold and …

New home for Tallaght boxing club

The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Cathal King, was on hand on Friday, 11th January to officially open the new home of Sacred Heart Boxing Club in Donomore Park, Killinarden. The new clubhouse is located in a purpose-built community centre that has been provided to the club by Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI) Dublin South.  This is the first time that …

Celebrating 40 Years of Co-operative Housing in Ireland

Today, 25th January, marks the fortieth anniversary of Co-operative Housing Ireland’s (CHI) foundation in 1973.  Since that time, the Association has led the way for co-operative housing in Ireland.  CHI:  has supported the construction of more than 3,500 homes in ownership co-operatives; continues to provide management services for more than 1,800 homes through seven affiliated co-operative societies; provides Childcare and …

NABCO announces Expansion Programme

NABCO today announced plans to invest over €20m in the supply of almost 300 Co‑operative homes across Ireland over the next 24 months through new development, unfinished estates and unsold affordable homes. This programme will create at least 120 construction jobs. Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD launched the expansion plans at the unveiling of a new co-operative housing development at Auburn …

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 …