Apr 24, 2024 | Nationwide News

Aidan Culhane, Chief Executive of The Iveagh Trust, pictured with John Hannigan, Chair of the Housing Alliance, following the announcement that the housing charity will be joining the Alliance.

Ireland’s oldest housing charity The Iveagh Trust has joined the Housing Alliance – a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs). The announcement coincided with the 134th anniversary of the establishment of the not-for-profit AHB, which was founded by Edward Cecil Guinness in April 1890.

Since it was first established in 1890, The Trust has proceeded to manage 1,700 homes in nine locations around Dublin, offering a range of housing options including general needs housing for families, supported housing for older people and accommodation for men experiencing homelessness at the Iveagh Hostel. The Trust currently has 81 homes under construction.

The announcement will bring the total number of homes managed by the Housing Alliance’s members to over 44,000, with plans for a further 5,196 to be built in 2024. The 5,380 homes delivered by the Housing Alliance in 2023 represent approximately 17% of the total number of homes completed in Ireland last year, according to Central Statistics Office data.

Aidan Culhane, Chief Executive of The Iveagh Trust,  said: “We’ve always been at the forefront of affordable housing provision in Ireland. Joining the Housing Alliance is an obvious step in contributing to the overall effort to increase the supply of social and affordable housing.”

John Hannigan, Chair of the Housing Alliance, said that since the Trust has been providing housing on a not-for-profit basis for the past 134 years, “this experience and knowledge of the sector will be an invaluable asset to the Housing Alliance”.

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