Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that the continued delay in kick starting the re-development plans at O’Devaney Gardens is failing those left on social housing waiting lists in Dublin Central.

Over two years ago, Dublin City Council announced that the 14 acre vacant site in O’Devaney Gardens, D7 would be included in its vacant lands initiative.

Commenting on the delay, Ms Fitzpatrick said, “The green light for this essential redevelopment project has been long granted. In fact, it’s been over a year since Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe described O’Devaney Gardens as; “the most important development in the country.”

“It was understood that construction of the first 56 homes would be started by the end of 2017, but I have since learned that contracts have not yet been signed for work to begin on the first phase.

“Earlier this week, senior officials in DCC informed me that the procurement process for the first 10% of homes under this project is not yet completed.

“It has taken years to finalise a process to begin the construction of 56 units – how long must we expect the development of the other 528 quality affordable homes to take?

“In July 2016, Government used this prime urban vacant site as a stage to launch their now failing policy on housing; Rebuilding Ireland.

“The reality is that they packed up their cameras and microphones and went back to leaving it as idle as they have for the past 10 years.

She concluded, “This delay in proceeding with the plans as promised and on-time is proving that PR is not delivering for those desperately in need of affordable housing in our area.”