HOUSING association Respond has begun the construction of 46 new homes in Fermoy at a cost of €9.1m.
The mixed tenure development at Duntahane will consist of 23 three-bed houses, 20 two-bed houses and three four-bed houses and is due to be completed in early 2020.
This project is in partnership with Cork County Council and is funded by the Government's Housing Finance Agency.
The homes are targeted at families and older people and the development will have one communal building.
County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy said the project will allow local people to finally have a home.
“It is great to turn the sod on this project to provide homes for families and older persons being delivered by Respond. I’d like to acknowledge the partnership between Cork County Council the Housing Agency, the Housing Finance Agency and Respond coming together to supply the housing local people want, need and deserve.”
CEO of Respond Declan Dunne said Respond is keen to progress projects across the country.
“Respond has a long and proud history in Cork and is committed to the provision of housing in Cork city and county and as a national organisation Respond is committed and active in housing building throughout the country not just in Dublin”.
Respond is currently building 286 homes across Cork city and county.
Local councillor Frank O'Flynn has repeatedly called for more housing projects to be progressed in Fermoy with a 52-house development in Crann Ard still awaiting construction.
“As a councillor, it’s the biggest issue I have at the moment. There are quite a lot of families and they find it quite difficult to get properties to rent. They are just not there and the prices are sky high.
“There are lots of people in the trap between earning too much to qualify for social housing but earning too little for a mortgage. That’s the biggest thing. We need more affordable housing in Fermoy,” “Some families are living in very poor and crowded conditions,” he added.