Construction starts on 22 new modular homes at Baile na Laochra

Families to move in before Christmas

Dublin City Council has entered into a contract with Western Building Systems, Co. Tyrone, to provide 22 modular homes on a site in Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin 11. The site has been named Baile na Laochra (Town of the Heroes). The contract has been awarded following an Accelerated Restricted Procedure (ARP) which means that the tender, design and build process for the homes will be fast-tracked and the homes ready for occupation by the 21st December 2015 in recognition of the urgency of the family homelessness situation in the Dublin region.

This first stage of modular home provision consists of two-storey, three-bedroom homes which will be available for families to move into before Christmas. Work commenced today on the site and it is estimated that the cost for the provision of the 22 homes will be €4.2 million. These homes will be constructed to the highest standards and will fully comply with new Building Control Regulations.

The use of modular homes is seen as an effective way to address family homelessness in Dublin, specifically for those households that are currently accommodated in commercial hotels. There are a growing number of households with dependent children accommodated in emergency accommodation.

In the week 19th to 25th October 2015 there were 677 families in all forms of emergency accommodation (including 1,425 child dependents). Of these 677 families, 216 including 450 child dependents, were in emergency homeless accom-modation and 461 families, including 975 child dependents, were in hotels.

Dublin City Council plans to deliver a further 131 modular homes during 2016 on a number of other sites including Mourne Road in Drimnagh, Belcamp Avenue in Coolock, St Helena's drive in Finglas and Cherry Orchard in Ballyfermot.

Illustrations of the proposed modular homes at Poppintree are available to view here.


Notes to the Editor:

The name:  Baile na Laochra (Town of Heroes)

This name draws attention to the Baile (from both Baile Bhúiséir /Balbutcher and Baile Cora /  Balcurris) which are well established local place names.  It also refers to the heroes of 1916 as does the local Irish school “Scoil and tSeachtar Laoch” and the new square “Cearnóg an tSeachtair Laoch”. The former seven Tower Blocks in Ballymun were also named after signatories of the 1916 proclamation.