Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney, T.D., has today, 29 June, 2016 announced the allocation of funding of €22 million for the development by Dublin City Council of new social housing apartments on Dominick Street, Dublin 1. The Minister was accompanied by his cabinet colleague Paschal Donohue T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr.
This social housing project, which was given approval in principle today by minister Coveney will be delivered by Dublin City Council. The development, which comprises social housing, communal facilities and a commercial/retail element will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the Dominick Street area in the heart of the city.
The new units will be situated on the east side of Dominick Street (currently a vacant site). When developed, the new apartments will facilitate the re-housing of 50 households from the existing west side blocks into the newly built, high quality homes. The new development will also create 22 new homes for people on the Council’s housing list. The Department will be providing €21.615m for the residential element and €540,000 towards community facilities as part of the development.
Minister Coveney said: ‘I am very happy to approve the funding for this social housing project, located in the heart of Dublin City. The residents of Dominick Street and its environs have been strong advocates for the redevelopment of the east side of Dominick Street for some time now and I think that this project will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the area as a whole. An investment in this area is also a priority from a social policy perspective, encompassing social housing improvements as well as supporting social, community and economic renewal. This development is one of the first new major regeneration projects in Dublin’s north inner city, which has seen more than its share of challenges in recent times. The investment reflects this Government’s commitment to an urban regeneration programme that empowers people to work together to improve their communities and the quality of life for all who live within them.”
Paschal Donohoe T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure said: ‘This project is a tangible example of this Government’s investment in urban regeneration. The development of this site has been long anticipated by the residents of Dominick Street and I am pleased that their patience is being rewarded. This is an example of the Government’s commitment to Dublin’s North Inner City and it is a pleasure to be associated with an event that will have such positive outcomes for local residents’.
Speaking at the announcement, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said: ‘I am delighted that the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has given approval to funding of €22m for the regeneration of Dominick Street’.