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O'Devaney Gardens Deal In Jeopardy Over Funding

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:21 18 Nov 2019


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A row over funding has put a major new housing development in Dublin at risk.

The plan originally involved a private developer constructing 768 homes at the old O'Devaney Gardens site off the North Circular Road, which has been earmarked for redevelopment for several years.

Half of the homes were to be sold off privately with the rest earmarked for social and affordable housing.

The deal was approved earlier this month after a group of councillors said a commitment was secured from Bartra that 30 percent of the private units would be offered as affordable rentals.

However according to the Irish Independent, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has written to the Lord Mayor saying there is no funding to buy any extra homes and that no request has been made.

The letter was obtained by Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin under the Freedom of Information Act.

It also warned that the homes would have to be bought at the market rate rather than cost price, which would mean the rents would not be affordable.

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