Councillors to decide on renovation of Dublin housing complex for homeless families

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
O'Devaney Gardens
O'Devaney Gardens

A decision to renovate homes in O'Devaney Gardens in the north of the city for families who are currently homeless will be made by Dublin City councillors later today.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants Dublin City Council to refurbish 64 empty flats in the 1950s complex which is scheduled for demolition. Work to bring the flatsup to a livable condition would cost €4.72 million.

The charity Focus Ireland has called on councillors to back the proposals.

However, several councillors have already indicated their intention to reject the plan.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke will this evening block plans to refurbish the dilapidated flat complex.

The latest figures show that, as of the end of February, 371 families with 803 children are housed in emergency accommodation in the city.