Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially opens 13 new Newbridge social and affordable homes

Athgarvan Road development completed

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially opens 13 new Newbridge social and affordable homes

The official ribbon cutting Picture: Tony Keane

The Mayor of Kildare, Seán Power, together with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Mayor of Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District, Councillor Murty Aspell, officially opened Kildare County Council’s new housing development at Athgarvan
Road, Newbridge yesterday.

The mayor welcomed the delivery of this scheme constructed by Kildare County Council under the Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness programme.

He noted that the 13 'Towards Carbon Neutral' residential units have a BER rating of A2 and are Nzeb compliant. The Mayor acknowledged the work of Letitia Hanratty, MRIAI, from Kildare County Council's Architectural Services Section who designed
and project managed the scheme.

Kildare County Council signed contracts with C&A Build and Civil of Rosemount Park Drive, Dublin, on 3 August 2017 for the construction of 4 single storey one bed houses, 2 two storey two bed houses and 6 one bed apartments and one two bed
apartment located in a prime town centre location.

Kildare County Council’s Chief Executive, Peter Carey, welcomed the delivery of 13 social homes in Newbridge, noting that the construction of new homes by local authorities will play a key part in meeting delivery targets under the Rebuilding Ireland programme.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured with some of the residents at the official opening of the Liffey Tce, Housing Development, Newbridge PICTURE: TONY KEANE

Mr Carey added that there are many more homes in the pipeline which will be delivered under the current housing delivery programme. He thanked the contractor for the efficient delivery of the houses and also acknowledged that this development was much needed in Newbridge.

New resident, Carrie O’Connor, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, in her new home

The Mayor, An Taoiseach and the Chief Executive extended best wishes to the new residents of Athgarvan Road and wished them every happiness for the future in their new homes.

Dep Fiona OLoughlin said it is great to see the units being opened, albeit after "a 15 year wait and at an excessive price per unit."

She wishes the new residents good health and happiness in their new homes and is also glad that the residents in adjoining Liffey Terrace are also having improvement works facilitated.

“Social and affordable homes are desperately needed and a major programme of social housing building is the only means of bringing them quickly on stream to alleviate the crisis in demand," she said.

“By cutting through red tape, Fianna Fáil has facilitated local authorities to by-pass planning hoops in the Department of Housing. Councils will now be in the position to build up to 30 social units without going through the drawn out 59 week, four stage process," she said.

“This will ultimately ensure that badly needed units are delivered at a faster, more sustained pace.

“The measures announced as part of Budget 2019 are not enough alone to solve this emergency but by applying even more pressure over the coming weeks this Government might finally begin to wake up," she said.