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An Taoiseach officially opens newly built social housing development

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Taoiseach Leo Vardkar cuts the ribbon with Sharon Cosgrove CEO Oaklee Housing, Minister of State Damien English and members of the Omar family who recently moved into their new home at Stormanstown.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English today attended an event to mark the official opening of a newly built development of 42 social housing homes in Stormanstown, Ballymun Road, Dublin. 

The development of 42 high-quality new homes comprises 31 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 11 townhouses. It will provide new homes for over 50 adults and almost 100 children from Dublin City Council’s waiting lists.

Speaking at the official opening, the Taoiseach said:

The Government is providing thousands of new homes across the country this year. This new development at Stormanstown will benefit 150 individuals and families who had been on the social housing list. For each of them, getting the keys to their new home is a huge day. I wish them all the very best in their new homes and am delighted they’ll be in before Christmas.

By working through Local Authorities and housing trusts like Oaklee, we are replicating this kind of development nationwide to provide more and more families with a safe and secure roof over their heads. 

Some claim these homes don’t exist or don’t count because they are not local authority direct builds. The people moving in to them know better.

Our housing shortage is a huge challenge but it’s increasingly evident that significant progress is being made. This year almost 20,000 new homes will be built across the country, more than any other year this decease and next year we expect this to rise to 25,000.

Minister of State Damien English said:

I am delighted to be part of the formal opening of this development which will provide much needed homes for so many families and individuals.  The redevelopment of this site into high-quality homes will not only have an impact on its new residents but will benefit the community as a whole.