18 July 2019: A new housing development from Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI) at Richmond Road in Drumcondra, Dublin is providing homes to 40 families and individuals. The scheme was formally launched today by Minister for Housing, Eoin Murphy TD with Dublin Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe.
CHI is the national organisation for co-operative housing in Ireland and the homes are being provided to families, drawn from Dublin City Council’s housing list. Some of the households are coming from homelessness or overcrowded/emergency accommodation.
The development combines a mix of one, two and three-bedroom A-rated apartments with landscaped gardens overlooking the river Tolka. The internal fit out of heating systems, kitchens, bathrooms etc. were all carried out to a high-quality finish. The scheme is located within easy reach of local services, schools including Drumcondra National School, St Patrick’s National, Corpus Christi National School, Dominican College Griffith Avenue, Pobal Scoil Rosmini, Maryfield College, universities including All Hallows College and St. Patrick’s College, transport and amenities. Parking is available on-site for all residents.
The CHI-owned brownfield site was developed in partnership with Dublin City Council at a cost of €10.5 million. The complexity of this project, which was undertaken by JJ Rhatigan, included the clearing of existing buildings, the removal of contaminated soil and the provision of the landscaped open space behind the River Tolka.
The scheme was funded by the Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Residents will become members of Co-operative Housing Dublin North, which comprises over 300 units across six communities in areas including Darndale, Balbriggan, Swords, Finglas and Coolock.
Speaking at the opening, Co-operative Housing Ireland CEO, Kieron Brennan said: “This is the second of two CHI developments in Drumcondra the other being Calderwood. The collaborative approach and close partnership of Dublin City Council in developing these projects has been key to their success.
Co-operative Housing Ireland is making a real contribution to meeting housing needs across Ireland. Currently CHI provides over 1,540 homes in Dublin city and county and over 2,400 across Ireland. Last year alone saw us provide new homes for 245 families up from 190 the previous year and with a further 450 homes planned for completion by 2020.”
Commenting Paul McAuliffe, Dublin Lord Mayor stated “This is a great day for the 40 families for which Deakin Court is to become their new home, their new beginning. We are all acutely aware of the current housing crisis in Ireland, impacting most heavily on our capital city. The lack of stability and security caused by this crisis bears serious consequences for family and community life. Here, in the heart of the city, however, Co-operative Housing Ireland, with Dublin City Council, have built the foundations of a sustainable community, that will allow families to thrive and flourish”.