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Thursday 12 December 2019

Minister's warning over plan refusal

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy
Housing minister Eoghan Murphy

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said Dublin City Council risks having its ability to deliver housing projects called into question.

Last night, councillors were expected to vote on the redevelopment of O'Devaney Gardens in north Dublin, which would see 824 homes built.

This would include 192 social units and 165 affordable homes, with the cost of the latter at an average of €300,000 being called into question.

However, the vote was deferred to allow for further discussions on the matter, with a vote on the €7m deal now expected next month.

Prior to last night's planned vote, Mr Murphy warned that if the council rejected the proposal, it would see funding from his department for the project lost.

Currently, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will fund the full cost of the social housing in the development.

Mr Murphy also said failure to support the proposal would call into question the local authority's ability to deliver much-needed housing.

In correspondence with Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, Mr Murphy said: "I would note that this project and the process to deliver homes at O'Devaney Gardens was previously agreed by Dublin City Council.

"Should the proposal not now be supported by Dublin City Council, this will represent a significant blow for the citizens of Dublin, who are in need of new homes and will call into question the ability of Dublin City Council to deliver important housing projects.

"I would also note that funding from my department for much-needed community facilities will also be lost if elected members decide not to proceed with this project."

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