51 luck families will spend Christmas in their new homes as a result of the partnership between Clare County Council and Co-operative Housing Ireland.

The families have received keys to their new homes, 28 houses at Lios Anama, Sixmilebridge and 23 on the Aisling estate in Ennis, a mix of three and four-bedroom high-quality accommodation within easy reach of schools and amenities in their respective communities.

All of the families have been drawn from Clare County Council’s housing list and some will have come from homelessness or overcrowded accommodation.

Funding for both schemes is a result of collaborative support between Clare County Council, the Housing Finance Agency and the Department for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The Aisling development was provided through NAMA’s special purpose company, NARPS, which was established to expedite the delivery of social housing.

Following a significant investment by NAMA on completion and remediation works to the unfinished homes, they were made available to Co-Operative Housing Ireland on a long-term lease.

Clare County Council’s Director for Social Development, Liam Conneally has commented that the completion of both schemes will provide much-needed family homes, giving parents and their children a secure and stable environment that will help them get on with their lives, their education and their futures.

Mr Conneally added, “We continue to work hard to accommodate those on our housing list and we look forward to furthering collaboration with CHI”.

The CEO of Co-operative Housing Ireland, Kieron Brennan, said “We’ve developed an excellent relationship with Clare County Council in recent years.

“The council has been to the fore in addressing the serious lack of housing issues in the county and has moved quickly to ensure the delivery of new homes.”