Thursday 27 October 2016

Over 1,300 housing units to be built on three sites in Dublin

Councillor Daithi Doolan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Councillor Daithi Doolan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The building of more than 1,300 housing units has been given the green light after a plan to sell-off Dublin city land to private developers was passed.

The plan allows for the sale of council land in three areas of the city - Coolock, Inchicore and Stoneybatter - to be used for 1,345 housing units.

The proposal was passed on the condition that 30pc of the homes on each site will be made available as social housing.

This will see 448 social units included as part of the plan, as well as private, cost-rental and start-up homes.


The Oscar Traynor site, off Coolock Lane, is the largest development, with a size of 17 hectares. It will see the number of social and senior citizen housing at the site increased from 74 to 219 units.

In St Michael's Estate, Inchicore, the number of social housing units will increase from 30 to 100, while there will be 133 units built at O'Devaney Gardens in Dublin 7.

As well as the social housing, some of the remaining units will be earmarked for starter homes, with mortgages being taken through the city council.

Some others will be cost-rental, whereby tenants pay 20pc below market rent.

The amendment allowing for 30pc social housing was proposed by the chair of the housing committee, Councillor Daithi Doolan, of Sinn Fein, and passed by a vote after the council's housing manager, Dick Brady, said there was no objection by council management.

"This proposal will deliver over 1,300 homes," Mr Doolan told the Herald.

"We have amended the proposal to ensure a minimum of 30pc social housing on each site. This will amount to 448 homes being built for those on council housing lists.


"The Government continues to starve local authorities of essential funding for housing.

"This is Dublin City Council attempting to deliver homes despite Government's best efforts," he added.

The Housing Land Initiative would allow for the sites to be sold to developers under a contract that specifies the number and type of housing units, as well as other conditions, such as 20pc open space for the Oscar Traynor site.

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