Housing part-financed by water refunds opens in Dublin

Updated / Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 17:33

The new development in Fingal

By John Kilraine

A housing project for homeless people with disabilities which was part-financed by donations of Irish Water refunds was officially opened today.

Altogether, over €1m was raised when an appeal was made to householders who were getting water bill refunds last year to give the money to homeless charities.

The Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) used €236,000 from its share towards the cost of providing eight homes at Ravenswood, in north Co Dublin.

The rest of the €1.6m cost for the facility at Ravenswood, Coldwinters, was funded by the Government through Rebuilding Ireland.

Pat Doyle, CEO of PMVT, said the eight homes are going to people with complex needs, including disabilities such as visual impairment, and one person who is terminally ill and who has been refused a transplant because of drug-related issues.

Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Anthony Lavin and Peter McVerry at the launch of the new social housing development

Situated in Fingal near the airport, it is the first greenfield site to be developed by PMVT, and adjoins the Ravenswood hostel first opened by the trust in Fingal.

It consists of eight one-bedroom homes along with a small community centre.