Gormley Gives Green Light to St Michael's Estate Houses

Article Posted: Sunday 7th June, 2009

MINISTER FOR the Environment John Gormley has approved funding for 32 new social units at St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore – more than one year after the collapse of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme for the complex.

Developer Bernard McNamara was to have built 165 social, 75 affordable and 480 private homes on the site of the dilapidated 1970s flat complex in Inchicore under a PPP deal with Dublin City Council.

The PPP for St Michael’s Estate, along with four others in similar estates in the north inner city, collapsed in May 2008. Attempts were made throughout last summer to rescue the schemes, but these proved unsuccessful.

Mr Gormley announced he had approved the council to spend €7.8 million on the first phase of development, which will allow them to build 32 social housing units on two acres. The council yesterday said it would be ready to break ground on their construction early next year.