Council agrees to 900 social and affordable housing units for Poolbeg West

Sinn Féin described it as a "good outcome" that "could have been much better"

Council agrees to 900 social and affordable housing units for Poolbeg West

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Dublin City Council has agreed to include 900 affordable and social housing units on the new Poolbeg West site.

The 34 hectare site in the south-east of the city includes the old Irish Glass Bottle premises.

Under standard rules, 10% of of the 3,500 homes to be built on the site must be social housing.

Last night, the Council agreed to include hundreds of affordable housing units in the Poolbeg development at Ringsend.

The motion was passed by Lord Mayor Brendan Carr:

While the motion enjoyed cross-party support, several Sinn Féin councillors opposed the deal - claiming it did not go far enough.

In a statement, Councillor Daithi Doolan argued: "The vote will ensure that 900 social and affordable homes will now be built as part of the Poolbeg development plan. This is a good outcome, but it could have been much better. 

“Sinn Fein proposed a further 100 senior citizens homes, bringing the total to 1,000. Unfortunately the combined votes of Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail reduced that number to 900."

He added: “We firmly believed that despite the scare tactics of the department and council officials we could have easily delivered the extra 100 homes. It is a wasted opportunity. Sinn Féin will continue to put pressure on the department to fund these senior citizen homes."

Fianna Fáil Councillor Paul McAuliffe argued it would have 'risked delivery' if they had sought the additional 100 units.

Meanwhile, the team behind the plans for a film studio at the Poolbeg site welcomed a number of Council motions supporting the initiative. The Council support contrasts with a Dublin Port Company report on the project.

In a statement, Alan Moloney and James Morris - the joint promoters of Dublin Bay Studios - said: "We are delighted by the resounding, cross-party endorsement articulated by Dublin City Councillors for Dublin Bay Studios tonight at the special council meeting on the Poolbeg West SDZ.

"We are very committed to delivering on this ambition and we will continue to work constructively with Dublin City Council and Dublin Port Company to make it a reality."