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Agreement reached with the Department of Housing on the development of O'Devaney Gardens - Doolan

7 September, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Speaking after a meeting with Housing Minister Simon Coveney today, Councillor Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee said:

"Dublin is in the midst of a housing crisis. It is essential that we have a building programme that meets the needs of our city. Dublin City Council has plans for housing but until now we lacked the funding to proceed. I believe today's proposal changes all that.

"Following a meeting today with Minister for Housing it was agreed that the department would fully fund 30% social housing on the site, 20% would be affordable and cost rental, while 50% will be private. 

"This will deliver up to 300 social and affordable homes in O'Devaney Gardens. This is in line with Dublin City Council's land initiative. I expect the same level of commitment from the department in developing our other council sites.

"This is a major step forward and shows that we can deliver a comprehensive building programme on council land. I expect detailed plans to be presented to the housing committee within weeks."

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