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Housing Minister cuts ribbon at Clúid Housing development in Wexford

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, officially opened Clúid Housing’s new social housing development at Barr An Aird in Coolcotts, County Wexford.

The development is comprised of 67 homes, a mix of apartments, duplexes and houses. The new homes at have an A2 energy efficiency rating, air to water heat pumps and modern design. The scheme cost €14m to develop and was constructed as a developer design and build project by Bawn Developments Ltd. The homes have been allocated to residents from Wexford County Council’s housing list.

Minister O’Brien was on a visit to Wexford to officially open a number of social housing developments. These homes will provide a sustainable, strong community at Barr An Aird as it is located in close proximity to all local amenities with good access to education, healthcare and leisure amenities. Supermarkets, shops, schools, petrol stations, Wexford General Hospital, Wexford racecourse and the town centre are all within walking distance. There are several bus stops along the Newtown Road servicing the local and national routes. Wexford town has a train station with bus hub. All major routes N/M11 and N25 also easily connected. Rosslare Europort is a 25-minute drive from the town.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD said: “It’s brilliant to see Clúid Housing and Wexford County Council working together on schemes such as Barr An Aird. We’re here today to welcome 67 families into their new homes. Housing for All continues to deliver for the people of Wexford, and we’ll see delivery right up to the end of the year.

“The current environment is undoubtedly having an impact and is certainly more challenging than it was pre-2020 but there is still excellent work being done by Approved Housing Bodies like Clúid. We’ve a robust plan in place and will continue to work with our partners across local authorities and housing bodies to delivery on the targets.”

Speaking during today’s visit to the Barr An Aird scheme, Clúid Housing’s Senior Supply Manager, James O’Halloran commented: “We are delighted to welcome Minister O’Brien to this new development here in Coolcotts. Despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past three years, we’re proud to see this scheme completed and have accepted it into management. These 67 new homes will be of the highest quality with A2 BERs that support the creation of greener communities, and more energy efficient homes. For our residents, that means a better quality of life and lower fuel bills.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the local councillors, Wexford County Council, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Housing Agency, the Housing Finance Agency and Bawn Developments. Most of the families have already received their keys or moved in and we wish them the very best in their new homes.”

Clúid has debt financed the development of these units using the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Housing Agency and the Housing Finance Agency (HFA).

ENDS
Notes to the Editor:
Fiona O’Connor – Communications & Engagement Manager – Clúid Housing
+353 87 113 5411 – foconnor@cluid.ie

About Clúid Housing
Clúid Housing is an independent, not-for-profit charity, and is the largest approved housing body (AHB) or housing association in Ireland. Established in 1994, Clúid leads the way in providing high quality, affordable rented homes to people in housing need. We work in partnership with local authorities to provide housing to those on social housing waiting lists. Clúid own and manage over 9,000 properties providing a home to almost 24,000 people.

Our team of almost 300 highly qualified professional employees are committed to providing quality housing and services that enable people to create homes and thriving communities. For more information visit www.cluid.ie

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