Pictured surveying progress on the restoration of a vacant housing unit at Fairgreen Hill, Cavan Town, are (from left) Charles Gaffney, Michael Bernard Hyland, building contractor; Eoin Doyle, acting chief executive, Cavan County Council; Tom Carty, executive engineer, Housing Construction Section and Cllr Clifford Kelly, cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council. PHOTO: Adrian Donohoe

Council committed to ‘Housing for All’ vision

With Cavan County Council set to play a key role in the delivery of the Government’s new ‘Housing for All’ strategy 2021-2030, the local authority continues to make rapid progress on advancing its ambitious housing programme.

The new national strategy, unveiled by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, is a multi-annual, multi-billion-euro plan , which will improve Ireland’s housing system and deliver more homes of all types for people with different housing needs.

Aiming to deliver an average of 33,000 new homes to be provided each year from 2021 to 2030, the policy has four pathways to achieving housing for all: Supporting home ownership and increasing affordability, eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery and supporting social inclusion, increasing new housing supply, and addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing stock, with local authorities set to have a central role in meeting these targets.

In 2021 alone, Cavan County Council’s housing construction section is managing the delivery of 17 housing schemes: comprising 282 homes at various stages of planning, design, and construction. In addition, the section is supporting the provision of a further 80 units of accommodation with Approved Housing Bodies.

Work is also continuing to refurbish a further 90 vacant housing units this year and return them to the council’s available housing stock, with 43 of these completed and another 22 units being refurbished at present.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly, has hailed the progress made by the local authority in delivering high quality homes across the county.

“The Housing Construction team has worked tirelessly to deliver high quality homes and is to be applauded for meeting such ambitious targets. The new ‘Housing for All’ strategy will place even greater demands on the local authorities, but I have every confidence that, with Government support, Cavan County Council can continue to deliver.”

Cavan County Council’s acting chief executive and Director of Service for Housing, Eoin Doyle, said: “In 2020, Cavan County Council supported 280 families with accommodation. With 362 new-build housing units at various stages of the construction process and 90 vacant homes set to be returned to the housing stock this year, many more families and individuals will have access to a home they can call their own in the coming months and years”.

“As a local authority, Cavan County Council will continue to explore all possible avenues to increase the number of housing units available for social housing and help deliver on the ambitious targets set by the ‘Housing for All’ strategy."