Over 1,500 social homes to be delivered in Dublin, Kildare, Louth and Wicklow

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, has welcomed the launch of a new phase of Local Authority social housing delivery that will see approximately 1,530 new homes delivered across a number of local authorities.

The locations for the new programme have been selected and include:

  • projects solely in the Dublin City Council (DCC) area with scope to deliver approximately 780 new social homes
  • a collaboration between a number of local authorities namely DCC, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Kildare County Council, Louth County Council, South Dublin County Council and Wicklow County Council where it is anticipated that approximately 750 new social homes will be delivered

This launch builds on a successful Public Private Partnership social housing pilot programme being delivered by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and relevant local authorities, and which was introduced in recent years, and which has, or is in the process of delivering, in the region of 1,500 social homes, including:

  • 534 new houses and apartments across 6 sites in Dublin, Kildare, Louth and Wicklow in 2020 and 2021
  • 465 homes in 2021 across 8 sites in Cork, Clare, Galway, Kildare, Roscommon and Waterford
  • 480 new homes to be delivered across 6 sites in Dublin, Kildare, Sligo and Wicklow with all sites at the statutory planning phase

Welcoming today’s new phase of social housing, Minister O’Brien said:

“More than 1,500 individuals and families will benefit from the latest social housing Public-Private Partnership programme announced today. This government, through Housing for All, is committed to increasing the supply of social housing to an average of 10,000 social homes per annum between 2022 and 2030.”

Work is ongoing to progress further phases under the programme. A public-private partnership (PPP) is an arrangement between a public authority and a private partner designed to deliver a public infrastructure project or service under a long-term contract.

Minister O’Brien added:

“I recently had the pleasure of seeing first-hand some completed housing developments in County Cork which were progressed as part of an earlier phase of the programme. The success of this initiative is evident from the high quality houses I visited, which are providing new homes and a fresh start for individuals and families.

“The pilot social housing programme was unique in being the first social housing PPP project in Ireland. It was also the first time local authorities collaborated to deliver social housing projects and the first time European Investment Bank financing has been used in a social housing PPP. It was also the first time the Irish charity sector has been involved in a PPP consortium.”

Welcoming today’s launch for PPP Bundles 4 and 5 on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Lacey said:

“The challenge of providing public housing for all the citizens of Dublin cannot be underestimated. This latest Public Private Partnership programme will deliver homes for the citizens of Dublin in most need of a secure roof over their heads. Dublin City Council with their experience and participation in previous bundles will play a key role.”