Fine Gael Leader on Dublin City Council and North Inner City Councillor, Ray McAdam joined local T.D. and Minister Paschal Donohoe and Housing Minister, Simon Coveney T.D. to announce almost €18m in funding for the construction of 56 houses in O’Devaney Gardens.
Today’s announcement of €17.9m will enable the first phase of a mixed tenure development which has been the subject of discussions between Ministers Coveney, Donohoe, myself and other Councillors to secure 30% social, 20% affordable and 50% private development of these lands of 584 homes altogether.
There have been too many false dawns with regards to the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens. Remaining residents and the local community in Stoneybatter and the north-west inner city have been let down on too many occasions. Both Minister Donohoe and I have been working with existing residents in O’Devaney Gardens, local community associations and Dublin City Council to develop a plan that will see the delivery of much need housing. Building houses isn’t enough though! That’s why our Fine Gael Government has launched the Housing Action Plan which has O’Devaney Gardens at its heart.
This afternoon’s announcement means that our Fine Gael Government is investing almost €40m in delivering direct building housing in the North Inner City and Dublin 7 in particular. The €18m investment in O’Devaney Gardens coupled with €22m for Dominick Street means that two of the three failed Fianna Fail PPPs will finally be delivered under Fine Gael. Minister Paschal Donohoe and I will engage with the communities of the north-west inner city to ensure contractors are on site as quickly as possible.