No more modular houses to be built by Dublin County Councils this year means target way off

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This is despite Government promises last month to have 320 “rapid-build” houses for homeless families under way by this Christmas. 

Figures from the four Dublin local authorities show no rapid-build housing will be completed this year, with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council not expected to complete any of the homes until the end of next year.

Only Dublin City Council has built any modular housing, 22 houses in Poppintree, Ballymena, which were due to be finished last December, but weren’t occupied until May this year.

Under the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland housing action plan, published last July, 200 rapid-build homes were to be completed by the end of this year, and another 800 by the end of next year.

Just last month Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said 320 modular homes would be complete.

On 5th October Deputy Jan O’Sullivan TD asked the Minister Coveney during Parliamentary Questions how many rapid build houses would be completed and under construction by the end of the year. He said:

“I envisage that there will be more than 320 homes either complete or under construction on site by end-2016.

“These include the four projects referred to in Deputy Boyd Barrett’s Question, which have been advanced as quickly as possible, subject to the need to complete procurement and contractual arrangements necessary to ensure value for money.

“I am advised that works will commence on each of these sites very shortly and units will be handed over to Dublin City Council, on a phased basis over the coming months.

“Sites for a further 200 homes have already been identified and work is ongoing to identify sites for a further 500 homes to be constructed in 2017.”

In this area, South Dublin County Council say they are preparing “tender specification” for 85 rapid-build homes on St Aidans site in Brookfield Road.

They estimates that 71 of these homes will be built by next July, with the remaining homes due to be completed by the end of the year.

It hopes to locate modular housing at four other sites, but says it is not yet in a position to make details of these sites available.