A scheme in Galway City, An Leargán, provides a good example of partnership. It is a demonstration of successful participation by a range of committed stakeholders. The collaborative efforts of Clúid, Túath Housing Association, Galway City Council, O’Malley Construction, NAMA, the Housing Agency and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, led to the purchase and development of 26 high quality apartments in an impressively prompt time frame.
Túath and Clúid brought forward a proposal to Galway City Council to acquire the units at An Leargán, Ballymoneen West, Knocknacarra, Galway. Contracts were signed just before Christmas 2012 and the units were completed and taken into management by Túath and Clúid at the end of June 2013.
Speaking at the opening of An Leargán, the Mayor of the City of Galway said: “An Leargán could not have succeeded without the participation and commitment of all parties to make it work effectively and efficiently. I would see not-for-profit housing associations playing an important role in building sustainable communities and increasing housing provision alongside local authorities in the years ahead.”
Today 26 households are off the housing waiting list and in a new home of their own. Clúid and Túath now manage the apartment complex side by side. An Leargán could not have succeeded without the active engagement of all parties to make the project work effectively and efficiently.