Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan TD, was in Longford town yesterday to officially open 37 new homes in a major regeneration undertaken by Clúid Housing Association and Longford Town Council.
“I’m delighted to be here for a very, very good news story,” said the Minister during her speech prior to the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. “This project is absolutely outstanding and shines a light on what can be done elsewhere in the country, too.”
Also speaking at the event was Longford Town Mayor, Paul Connell who remarked that the project was “an example of what can be achieved through a real partnership initiative.” He also wished the residents “health and happiness in your new homes for many years to come.”
The houses on St Michael’s Road were built between 1890 and 1913, making them some of the oldest buildings in Longford town.
“Generations of my family haved lived in the same house since it was built,” said John Mimnagh, one of the local residents who had their houses refurbished as part of the Clúid project. “The whole area has been modernised and there’s a lot less anti-social behavior.”
Another resident, Frances Salinger, added: “St Michael’s Road is a lovely place to live. It’s a very quiet and respectable area now. Clúid are one of the best organisations in the country for revamping houses and providing affordable housing.”