22 January 2018
By Mary Bermingham
Sod is turned at social housing development in Ballingeary
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley has turned the sod on a new development of social housing at Cuan Barra, Kilmore, Ballingeary between the approved housing body Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo and Droumleigh Construction Limited.
The development will see the construction of three houses providing long-term accommodation. Cork County Council is the sanctioning authority for the project and assisted in securing funding to the value of €623,545 from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government through the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS).
In welcoming the development, Mayor Hurley praised the relationship between Cork County Council and Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo, “Today we celebrate the result of a long standing relationship between the Council and community driven organisations such as Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo. This is a relationship that recognises the needs of people in communities and crucially provides a response to these needs.”
Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo is a non-profit organisation located in the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary in the parish of Uibh Laoire. It has developed a purpose built community centre (Cuan Barra), a childcare facility and playground (Spraoi na Laoi) along with social housing and a rural transport bus. These facilities are used regularly for a diverse range of activities to improve the lives of local people. Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo were awarded overall winner of Community and Voluntary Group at the 2014 Annual Mayor’s Community Awards.
Mayor Hurley went on to say, “This development will allow older people to live in their own homes for as long as possible and enjoy a high quality of life through established connections with the community.”
Building is expected to be completed before the end of the year with the properties available for older people in need of social housing from Cork County Council’s Housing list.