Almost 80 new social houses opened in Dublin city

A range of community facilities were also unveiled at Charlemont Street

Almost 80 new social houses opened in Dublin city

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New social housing units have been opened on Charlemont Street in Dublin city centre.

The complex was unveiled as the first phase of development at the Charlemont Street Regeneration Project.

Along with the 79 housing units opened today, a range of community facilities were also unveiled.

These include a large community centre featuring a sports hall with indoor five-a-side pitch, changing rooms and stage facilities - as well as office space with kitchen area and reception area.

The complex will also feature a private courtyard and play area for residents.

All remaining residents of Tom Kelly Road flats, some of whom have lived there since they opened in 1969, will move to new and upgraded homes.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy performed a 'topping out' ceremony to mark the completion of the first phase of the development ahead of schedule.

The regeneration project has been progressed through a partnership between McGarrell Reilly and Dublin City Council, after McGarrell Reilly was selected as the preferred bidder.

Work on the project has been proceeding ahead of schedule, and Department of Housing says the units will be ready in the coming weeks.

Minister Murphy said: "This is a very welcome milestone in the regeneration of the Charlemont Street area, delivering 79 much needed homes along with vital community amenities for residents.

"This Government is determined that the State will fund more direct-build schemes. We have ring-fenced over €5bn between 2016 and 2021 to increase the total number of social houses in the State by a third over that five-year period.

"We currently have 63 developments on site which are delivering 2,400 social homes, and there are over 10,000 new homes in the programme to be delivered over the next few years."