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Monday 18 December 2017

Hundreds of new homes for Dublin's north inner city

Joe Costello
Joe Costello

Hundreds of new social housing units are planned for Dublin's north inner city.

Along with the new homes, it is hoped the major development will provide employment for the disadvantaged area.

Last May, An Bord Pleanala approved the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock planning scheme, now known as the Docklands SDZ. In it, a total of 2,600 new residential units were earmarked for the docklands area. NAMA has been put in charge of the plan.

High-level talks between NAMA and local politicians are currently taking place to ensure that 20pc of the units go towards social housing and 20pc of the jobs generated by the plan go to the local workforce.

"We have met NAMA on a number of occasions," said Labour TD for Dublin Central Joe Costello. "We believe that the present SDZ development is the last opportunity to get a deal for the local docklands community in terms of jobs, education and a general uplift for the area.

"In the plan we hope that 20pc of the housing that will be built in the SDZ will be marked as social and affordable. Also included would be a 20pc local labour clause," he added.

A total of 1,700 of the 2,600 residential units are to be built on the north side of the Liffey, therefore 340 of them would be added to social housing stock there.

The Department of Finance last year said that the Docklands SDZ would create 14,000 construction jobs and 4,000 ancillary jobs.

Under Mr Costello's plan, 3,600 of these positions would have go to residents of the docklands area, both north and south of the Liffey.

"We hope to have a plan together in six weeks that NAMA, Dublin City Council, the Department of Jobs and the Department of Education can deliver on," he said.

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