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Tánaiste Micheál Martin opens 112 new social homes in the heart of Cork City

Tánaiste, Micheál Martin TD, today officially opened 112 new social homes in the heart of Blackpool, Cork City, developed and managed by Clúid Housing and Clann, Cluid’s age-friendly offering.

The Tánaiste was joined by Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, and representatives of Cork City Council, who had partnered with Clúid to deliver these new homes.

The apartments were allocated to individuals and families on Cork City Council’s housing list and residents will get the keys to their new secure, affordable A-rated social homes next month. The development is composed of 112 one-, two- and three-bed apartments and a community space, with 36 homes specially designed to suit the needs of older residents.

Tánaiste, Micheál Martin TD, said: “I am delighted to officially open these high-quality homes in Blackpool in the heart of Cork city. The Government has made housing one of our highest priorities and we’ve seen real progress in construction and delivery of new homes since we launched our Housing for All strategy. A home is so much more than just a roof over your head – it’s a place where you can make plans, support your family, and create thriving communities. This is one of the largest developments of this type in Cork City in recent years and I wish each of the 112 individuals and families moving in every happiness in their new homes and new community.”

Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, said: “This new housing scheme provides new opportunities for families and individuals to now live, work and play close to our city centre. Blackpool has always had a large place in the heart and pride of Corkonians. Its history of community life is rich from being rooted in manufacturing two hundred years ago to an area teaming with laneways and life in the twentieth century. In essence, Blackpool adds immensely to the rich tapestry of stories the wider city possesses.

“The new development showcases how modern development and regeneration can complement a growing city with public transport links in proximity, pedestrian access to the city centre and contributing to the community with the inclusion of critically important Clann scheme units. In a historically rich area, the significance of cross-generational living becomes even more apparent.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow elected members in Cork City Council who showed unwavering support for this scheme when the part 8 planning application was presented to us. Many thanks as well to the Housing team of Cork City Council and Clúid Housing for their continued vision on housing provision. This project is a crucial transformational change for Blackpool and for an evolving city”.

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