Since my last blog on rebuilding social houses Minister Jan O’Sullivan officially announced a €68m investment in building and refurbishing social houses. This initiative was launched this morning (March 11th) in Darndale, Dublin 17. I taught in this area and know that many of its young people wish to return to live there but cannot do so because of housing shortages. From this €68m investment, €7.9m will go towards building 35 houses in the Buttercup Park area of the estate.
As I have previously indicated, building new social houses and making vacant houses habitable for those on our social housing lists not only gives vulnerable families a home and a sense of community belonging but it also provides local employment opportunities, particularly for skilled construction workers, increases local retail and business activity, reduces anti-social behaviour, increases the attractiveness of our local communities and promotes greater social cohesion.
For the Buttercup Park area this investment will significantly contribute, not only, to alleviating the serious social housing waiting lists in the area but also to improving the area for families.
The area in Buttercup Park where the new houses will be build; Myself, Minister Jan O’Sullivan & Cllr Brian McDowell