Following our recent success at the ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards, the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD paid a visit to Fold’s Ballygall scheme. He met with residents, staff, Board Members and Partners in the community hub on site, and enjoyed a walk around the scheme and a tour of one of the apartments. The residents told the Minister how “fortunate they felt to be living in the new scheme, and what an improvement it was on their previous bedsit accommodation”.
A lively discussion took place about the type of housing older people want with residents stating that safe, secure, well designed accommodation was very important to them. The issue of older people entering nursing homes prematurely was also discussed and the minister was very interested in visiting Fold’s Housing With Care facility at Anam Cara. Minister English acknowledged that there was a shortage of suitable housing for Ireland’s aging population and said he would like to see more purpose built independent living units, such as Ballygall, throughout the country.
Tina Donaghy, Fold’s Head of Development explained how the regeneration of Ballygall was achieved on a minimal budget using private finance, a stock transfer from Dublin City Council and CALF and P & A. She urged the Minister to consider making old, unsuitable local authority accommodation available to approved housing bodies for renovation, without delay.