Re­spond plan to build 46 houses in de­vel­op­ment at Dun­ta­hane in Fer­moy

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán O’Rior­dan

Con­struc­tion has com­menced on a much-needed €9.1m hous­ing project in a North Cork town, in a project be­ing de­vel­oped by the coun­try’s lead­ing vol­un­tary hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion.

Re­spond plans to build 46 house and a com­mu­nity build­ing at Dun­ta­hane, Fer­moy.

The houses will con­sist of 23 three-bed houses along with 20 two-bed and the re­main­der, four-bed.

Funded by the Depart­ment for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and the Hous­ing Fi­nance Agency, con­struc­tion is ex­pected to take 15 months to com­plete.

A sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony at the site last week was un­der­taken by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy.

He said Cork County Coun­cil had built or ac­quired 1,293 hous­ing units in the last three years, in­clud­ing 373 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ap­proved hous­ing bod­ies such as Re­spond.

“I’d like to ac­knowl­edge the part­ner­ship be­tween the Coun­cil, the Hous­ing Fi­nance Agency and Re­spond in com­ing to­gether to sup­ply the hous­ing lo­cal peo­ple want, need and de­serve,” said Cllr Mur­phy.

Re­spond cur­rently owns and man­ages 432 so­cial hous­ing homes in Cork and it in­tends to de­velop 286 more be­tween now and 2020.

Deputy David Stan­ton, who was rep­re­sent­ing the gov­ern­ment at the cer­e­mony, said he was very aware of the high stan­dards that Re­spond achieved in their hous­ing de­vel­op­ments around the coun­try.

“I’m sure the res­i­dents and fam­i­lies who will get to live in this state-of-the-art de­vel­op­ment will be very pleased with their new homes in Fer­moy. The gov­ern­ment is work­ing to­wards many more such hous­ing projects across the coun­try,” he said.

Re­spond chief ex­ec­u­tive De­clan Dunne said his or­gan­i­sa­tion had a long and proud his­tory in Cork and was com­mit­ted to the pro­vi­sion of hous­ing in Cork City and county.

Coun­cil­lors Frank O’Flynn, Deirdre O’Brien, Kay Daw­son, Noel Mc­Carthy with TD Kevin O’Ke­effe who watched County Mayor Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy and Min­is­ter of State David Stan­ton turn the sod on a new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment by Re­spond at Dun­ta­hane, Fer­moy.

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