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Dublin city councillors to oppose taller buildings despite housing crisis

Homeless man in doorway of vacant Georgian house
Homeless man in doorway of vacant Georgian house

Dublin city councillors could tonight block a proposal to allow apartments to be built as high as office buildings in Dublin City.

City council chief executive Owen Keegan wants to allow residential apartment blocks to the same height as office blocks in the city.

Currently apartments can be 19 metres in height or six storeys, and offices are allowed to be 28 metres or seven storeys.

However, councillors from all parties except Sinn Féin and several independents, are seeking to block the move.

The Green Party’s Ciaran Cuffe and two party motions from People Before Profit have proposed reducing the current build height in Dublin in order to retain the “traditional height of the city”, the “historic height of the city” or the height of “Georgian terraces”, which are approximately 14m tall.

City council chief Owen Keegan has urged councillors not to do this, saying:

“Reducing the definition of ‘low-rise’ to the height of typical Georgian buildings would have severe repercussions across the city in terms of employment, international competitiveness, housing provision, together with critical infrastructure such as transport and hospitals.”

“The draft plan continues the policy of previous development plans, acknowledging the intrinsic quality of Dublin’s low-rise character and the need to protect in particular the historic city core encompassed by the Quays, the Georgian squares, Dublin Castle, College Green.”

He added that allowing the same heights for apartments as offices would help “address current severe shortages of housing supply”.

34 families, including 269 children, presented to homelessness services in January of this year and these, 125 families, including 253 children, had never been homeless before.