Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD had a whistle-stop tour of Donegal on Thursday to visit new housing developments and meet local representatives. 

The Minister officially opened two new social housing schemes, turned the sod on a new housing development and visited two social housing projects sites currently under construction.

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These developments represent an overall investment of almost €18.7m in Social Housing provision in Donegal under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme.

Minister O’Brien started his visit in Donegal Town in the morning with a site visit to the social and voluntary housing construction site at Railway Park, Donegal Town which will see 34 new social housing units constructed representing an investment of €5.3m.  This development will incorporate 24 social housing units and 10 voluntary accommodation units delivered in conjunction with Oaklee Housing Association.

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD visits the social housing and voluntary housing construction site in Donegal Town with Cathaoirleach Cllr Rena Donaghey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD, Cllr. Michael Naughton, Junior Minister for State Charlie McConalogue, Senator Niall Blaney, Thomas Pringle TD, Joe Peoples, Director of Service, Michael McGarvey, Director of Service, elected members, Donegal County Council housing staff and Contractor – John O’Donnell Construction Ltd

In Killybegs the Minister officially opened a new housing scheme at Emerald Drive, Killybegs.  The development includes 5 two bedroom units and 4 three bedroom units totalling an investment of €1.75m.

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD officially opening the social housing development at Emerald Drive, Killybegs.

The Minister also turned the sod at Council owned lands at Raphoe which will see the construction of a social housing development of 18 units, consisting of 4 two bed, 6 three bed and 1 special needs dwelling at a cost of approximately €2.7m.

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD turning the sod on the social housing scheme in Raphoe

In Newtowncunningham the Minister officially opened a new turnkey housing scheme at Heathhill, Newtowncunningham.  The development includes 19 social housing units comprising of 13 three bed and 6 four bed units representing an investment of approximately €4m.

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Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien cutting the ribbon to officially open the Heathhill estate in Newtowncunningham.

In Buncrana the Minister made a site visit to the social housing construction site at Rockytown, Buncrana which will see 21 social housing units constructed at a cost of approximately €4.9m

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD visits the construction site at the social housing scheme in Rockytown, Buncrana.

The day concluded with the launch of Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.  The scheme in Donegal will be operated by Donegal County Council, click here to find out more: http://www.donegalcoco.ie/defectiveconcreteblocks/


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