Electric.ie March/April 2023

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 23 ECI Lighting is delighted to introduce Noha Abdurahmanov as the new Technical Manager. Noha recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from TU Dublin. ECI Lighting would like to of cially welcome Noha to the team and to wish him well in his new role at the company. Industry News ECI Lighting announce New Technical Manager Noha Abdurahmanov, Technical Manager, ECI Lighting. Ireland has received notification from the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission (DG Compet) that it has deemed the scheme compatible with the internal market. This decision enables the Housing Agency to conclude their first set of development agreements shortly and as a matter of priority. The Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme aims to bridge the current ‘Viability Gap’ in Scheme designed to deliver thousands of build-to-buy apartments delivery - between the cost of building apartments and the market sale price (where the cost of building is greater). In May 2022, The Housing Agency invited Expressions of Interest from proposers with planning permission to build apartment developments in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Twenty-six proposals were submitted by 16 different proposing entities. Currently the agency is concluding appraisals of projects with a potential for up to 2,100 apartments. A second call under the scheme is expected to be announced in the coming months. Bob Jordan, Chief Executive of The Housing Agency that is managing the scheme on behalf of the department, said: “I welcome the decision of the European Commission and look forward to working on this important scheme which will deliver a much needed supply of apartments for home purchasers in our cities.” ‒The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has welcomed the European Commission’s approval of Ireland’s State aid application for the Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme. The scheme is a fund to support the building of 5,000 apartments for sale to owner-occupiers.