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Sunday 25 August 2019

Joy for families as sod turned on affordable 'dream homes' scheme

Future homeowners Tammy Dempsey and Nicole Hudson at the O Cualann Cohousing Alliance development site in Ballymun
Future homeowners Tammy Dempsey and Nicole Hudson at the O Cualann Cohousing Alliance development site in Ballymun

A young family have told how they are a step closer to their "dream home" as construction got under way on an affordable housing scheme in north Dublin.

Sod was turned yesterday afternoon on 35 new houses and two apartments in Ballymun, north Dublin - an affordable housing scheme in Poppintree by the O Cualann Cohousing Alliance, with the support of Dublin City Council.

Nicole Hudson and Joseph Maxwell are among the families that will be moving in to the houses with their daughter (7) after securing a four-bedroom property.

"We're delighted to get the house, in the area and at the price we got it for, it's amazing," Ms Hudson said.

"We registered our interest and they got on to us about a house and it was just the right time for us so we were lucky."

The couple work full time and were initially looking for a house in the Ballymun area, as it's where they're both from.

"We're delighted to stay in the community, but last year it was looking like we couldn't afford it until this scheme popped up," said Mr Maxwell.

Tammy Dempsey and her partner of 10 years heard about the scheme through her cousin and decided to apply. They will be moving into their new house after Christmas.

"So exciting, especially to get something so affordable and just literally around the corner," she said.

The houses in Ballymun are expected to cost around €165,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, €185,000 for a two-bedroom house and €219,000 for a three-bed house.

The sod was turned at the construction site by Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe and Independent senator Frances Black.

Communities

"I grew up in the tenements on Charlemont Street in Dublin and times were tough and I know there were times where my father couldn't get work, but it was community that kept us going," Ms Black said.

"It's not just about building houses but building communities, and that's the key here, as communities are so important."

The 37 units in Ballymun form 10pc of a wider O Cualann Cohousing Alliance scheme, which will result in 370 affordable houses and apartments being built all over Dublin in the coming years, including Sillogue Road and Ballyfermot.

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