Housing alliance seeks permission to restart building works

A housing alliance which is building affordable homes is getting a site ready to reopen next week, despite not having permission to re-start work from the State Housing Agency.

The Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance has said they want to re-open their construction site in Ballymun in Dublin, but the development is not on the list of 35 housing developments which have been given permission to restart work.

The developer behind the project is Hugh Brennan. He told RTÉ’s News at One no work would recommence unless approval is received.

He said his company wrote to the State Housing Agency for permission to re-start work, and awaits its response before work recommences.

There are seven families, he said, which are in “dire need” of homes and are at risk of a lapse in mortgage approval if they don’t move in.

Mr Brennan said these homes are “will take three to four weeks to complete.”

He said the site is being prepared with the appropriate social distancing markers, and that the company can demonstrate that no one will be infected with Covid-19 as a result of attending work at the site.

“I have three family members who are vulnerable and could be compromises. If we pose any danger to anybody we don’t open up.  We have to ensure that we can maintain physical distancing. 

“We will operate a buddy system so that you will only work together with one person, and these people will travel together as well.”

“If we can’t start, we can’t start.  We won’t start unless we get the approval. We wouldn’t be able to start because we would be in breach of health and safety regulations. 

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