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Saturday 3 December 2016

Modular homes project in Ballymun restarted after a string of delays

Construction crews get back to work on the modular homes site in Ballymun in Dublin (Photo: Damien Eagers)
Construction crews get back to work on the modular homes site in Ballymun in Dublin (Photo: Damien Eagers)

Building work on 22 new modular homes has restarted in Ballymun in north Dublin.

The homes, to accommodate homeless families, were originally to be ready by Christmas - but the project was hit with a number of delays.

Protests were held at the site when local people expressed fears the development could adversely affect the building of other houses on adjoining lands. Extremely wet weather also delayed the construction work.

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The builders said changes in required specifications were also a factor.

It was believed just four of the units would be ready this month, although a Dublin City Council spokesman said the council still aims to have the project completed by mid-January.

"The council have a contract in place for the provision of 22 modular homes at Baile na Laochra, Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun, which were originally to be completed by December 21," they said.

"Following the Christmas break the contractor returned to the site on January 4. Prior to Christmas, there were a number of days lost through protests and inclement weather. It is anticipated that the completion of this development will be in mid-January 2016."

Following a site meeting on Wednesday, the council was informed that an updated programme would be submitted by the contractor to council officials, stated the spokesman.

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