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Ministers open Moville sheltered housing 12.09.08

HOUSING Ministers Margaret Ritchie MLA and Michael Finneran TD were in Moville yesterday to launch a local social housing scheme built on the site of the former convent.
The Ministers officially opened the luxury Taobh na Cille Sheltered Housing Project in the town centre which was built by cross border organisation North and West Housing and provides high quality safe and secure housing for 30 elderly residents.
The ministers were welcomed by North and West Housing (Ireland) chairman Canon Brian Smeaton. They were told that Taobh na Cille allows its residents to live a comfortable and independent lifestyle in a supported environment.
Nobel Laureate John Hume pictured with Minister Margaret Ritchie at the official opening of Taobh na Cille in Moville. Minister Finneran said he hoped to work closely in future with Minister Ritchie in increasing the supply of housing for those most in need North and South. The ministers later travelled to Derry to open two other social housing projects.
"The challenges we face, North and South, are not that dissimilar. North and West Housing are to be commended for bringing forward
these three new schemes that will provide a very welcome housing boost for those across the North West," said Mr Finneran.
North and West Housing chief executive Gerry Kelly said his organisation was "delighted" to be involved in the projects.
"We are proud of our partnership approach as it helps ensure that local residents can enjoy new homes, in safe accommodation while creating vibrant communities," said Mr Kelly.
Senator Cecilia Keaveney, who grew up close to the convent, said had many fond memories of the building.
"It does not seem that long ago that Maura Cannon, Annette Faulkner, Cllr Mc Donald and I went in for a final look around and, indeed out of the old convent. It had an air of history about it and in some senses it was sad to think of that history being gutted.
"However, in recent months it has been a pleasure as I pass by every day to see my new neighbours settle into what is a beautiful facility and a tremendous resource," she said.
Later in Derry, the ministers handed over the keys to the first residents of 39 new homes and state-of-the-art leisure facilities at Oakland Park in Creggan. They also cut the first sod in the Dove Gardens development which, when built, will provide 63 eco-friendly family homes for residents in the Bogside. This scheme will be built on a site derelict for a number of years and includes land made available by both the Housing Executive and Derry City Council.
To see more photos of the Taobh na Cille official opening click here.
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