Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon, has today congratulated residents of Cassidy’s Court on the official opening of the estate and presentation of keys to the new residents. He was speaking at the opening and presentation in Monasterevin on behalf of the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD.

“This fantastic modern scheme, which cost almost €3 million was funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, under the Social Housing Capital Investment Programme. This scheme has been delivered and expertly completed to the highest standards by Kildare County Council as a ‘Turnkey Project’ in conjunction with Thoval Properties Ltd.

“While the Government is taking a lead role in housing policy, it is vital that local authorities; approved housing bodies, builders and developers work together to respond to the housing supply challenge. These turnkey projects see good co-operation between local authorities who need early delivery of social housing and developers who have shovel ready projects. It’s an approach that’s good for the council, good for quick delivery of social housing and good for the construction sector, especially in more rural areas like Monasterevin.

“It should be remembered that schemes such as this one are about more than just building houses, there will be a knock on benefit for many sporting and community groups along with local businesses. This is about building thriving sustainable communities. The Government’s commitment to Monasterevin was further underpinned late last year with an allocation of €100,000 under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme to refurbish the community centre (CYMS HALL) and towards Tidy Towns projects.

“This housing development is a welcome benefit not only to the new residents but the wider Monasterevin Community. In this case, thanks to the foresight of the County Council and its co-operation with the developer and funding by Government, 13 families have keys to homes where, I sincerely wish; they will live long and happy live in to the future.”