Fianna Fáil TD in Dublin West and Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart has said the agreement to develop O’Devaney Gardens and two other state-owned sites in Dublin City through a public-private partnership is a significant development that should be replicated if successful.

The development will see 50% of the site allocated to private housing, 30% to social housing and 20% to affordable and long term affordable rental homes. The plan will now go out for public tender.

Following yesterday’s cross-party approval from councillors, Deputy Lahart said, “While it’s disappointing that it took 2 ½ years to reach this decision, I do hope that from here, some movement will be made to identify other suitable sites which could be utilised for mixed tenure housing development.

“It is essential that we have a building programme that meets the varied needs of our city. O’Devaney Gardens, St Michael’s Estate and Oscar Traynor Road are land banks in the heart of our city and county, with huge potential for meeting these needs.

“Fianna Fáil recognises the value of mixed tenure principles but we are also clear that an overly rigid application of them cannot be allowed to impede the delivery of public housing in what is currently a homelessness crisis.

“Mixed tenure principles are important however, as was emphasised during committee hearings, the requirement to have a “mix of tenders” should not be a barrier to the provision of local authority housing.

“This mixed tenure project, the first of its kind in Dublin, will serve as an important case study to gauge how quickly such housing developments can be delivered. Other such projects must be fast tracked to bring more social and private housing on stream as quickly as possible”, concluded Deputy Lahart.