The Elected Members of Galway County Council have unanimously approved the lease of 4.67 hectares of land by Galway County Council to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for the provision of 64 Rapid Build Modular Homes to accommodate Ukrainian beneficiaries of Temporary Protection at Pollboy, Ballinasloe.
The proposed 2-bedroom units will each facilitate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will provide for the management and maintenance of the homes and site. It is anticipated that the lease, which has been approved for a maximum period of 3 years, will be agreed and signed in January 2024.
An original proposal to deliver 92 Rapid Build Modular Homes at the site was reduced to a maximum of 64 units following extensive engagement between the Local Authority, the Department, the Office of Public Works (OPW), Elected Members and local stakeholders. The engagement process also featured a public information event in Ballinasloe and a site visit to a similar development in Tullamore, County Offaly.
Galway County Council has said it will work with the relevant agencies, including the Department of Education, the HSE and local stakeholders, to provide the additional supports required in Ballinasloe to facilitate the new homes and the additional demand placed on local services, and in extending a warm welcome to the families.