Quality and quantity key to solving housing shortage

Quality and quantity key to solving housing shortage

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An Ennis building contracting firm has insisted that the quality of new housing stock as well as quantity is essential in meeting Ireland’s housing shortage needs long term. 

Managing Director of M Fitzgibbon Contractors, Michael Fitzgibbon, was speaking following a visit by Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy to the two specially adapted Peter Bradley Foundation homes  at Haggart View, Clarecastle, which were built by the Ennis building company with the support of the developer Woodhaven Developments.

The four new homes were built by M Fitzgibbon contractor for people with acquired brain injuries, adjacent to the newly developed private housing estates of Haggart View and Meadow View in Clarecastle.

Mr Fitzgibbon said: “It is well acknowledged that Ireland is in the middle of a housing shortage as buyers who have been granted mortgages still have difficulty finding homes that meet their varying needs.

“It is essential therefore that we not only build more houses, but that we ensure these houses are high quality homes that cater for individuals, couples, families of all shapes and sizes, and people with varying levels of physical abilities. As builders with more than 30 years experience, it is important to us that our houses are of high standard and can cater for changing circumstances and expanding families,” he said.

“It was our pleasure therefore to work with the Peter Bradley Foundation in developing these specialised homes that are accessible and liveable for residents with specific needs.  It has also given us an appreciation that when it comes to a home – one size does not necessarily fit all.

“In our current developments at The Meadows and Haggart View we like to work with the purchaser to design the internal layout of their homes,” added Mr Fitzgibbon.

“In Haggart View and Meadow Park we have successfully done that to date with 40 families and individuals – some who are looking to buy their first home and others who are looking for a new property for their growing family.  Each individual has a need or preference as unique as themselves and it is important that we can deliver on those requirements.”

“As we continue with the construction of phase three and begin work on phase four of The Meadow in Clarecastle we look forward to working with potential new house owners in developing unique, high quality, state of the art interiors for their new homes,” he added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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