Minister for Housing in Donegal today to turn sod on two construction sites and open four social housing schemes

A government minister has described today as significant in relation to investment in housing in Donegal.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was in the county to turn the sod on two housing construction schemes and well as officially opening four new social housing schemes.

In all, 115 new homes are being provided, amounting to an investment of almost €23m.

In Donegal Town, Minister Murphy turned the sod at the site of a proposed new housing scheme at Railway Park, Drumrooske.

This is a mixed development of 10 homes being delivered by Oaklee Housing Trust Ltd.

It includes a further 24 homes funded under the local authority’s own social housing construction programme.

This scheme involves an investment of €5.3m and is expected to be finished in the second quarter of next year.

A €2.8m scheme of twenty-one new homes has been officially opened at Mullindrait in Stranorlar.

The minister opened two more housing schemes in Newtowncunningham, as well as the first phase of a 16-home scheme at Crievesmith, Oldtown, in Letterkenny.

He also turned the sod at a housing site for 29 new homes at Long Lane in Letterkenny.

Speaking to Ocean FM News this afternoon, Minister Joe McHugh said it was important the Minister see for himself what was happening with housing in Donegal.

Overall, Donegal County Council, under its social housing programme, is planning to build 298 social housing units, which will mean an investment of almost €53m.