Economic Development

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Over the last number of years Ballymun has undergone unprecedented transformation physically, socially and economically.  Under the management of Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. almost 2,000 replacement housing units have been provided and additional c 1350 homes have been provided in the area through private sector investment.

A redesign of the town included a Main Street with a new civic centre that accommodates a Dublin City Council area office, the HSE and other buildings.  In addition local amenities such as a new leisure centre, theatre and commercial units were built.  In the neighbourhoods the new housing developments included commercial units to provide retail opportunities.  New roads connecting the neighbourhoods to the town centre improved access to surrounding area.  State of the art parks were built at Coultry and Balcurris while Poppintree was underwent a major upgrade.

However despite all of this progress the economic downturn in 2008 resulted in a lack of economic growth leading to greater unemployment and very limited investment in the area.

Following the wind-down of BRL Ltd. the Ballymun Town Civic Alliance was set up to oversee the Physical, Economic, Social and Environmental activity in Ballymun.   The Civic Alliance is supported by an Economic Development sub-committee and Dublin City Council recruited an Economic Development Officer to work specifically in Ballymun.

The Economic Development Officer (EDO) is committed to improving the economic prospects for Ballymun.  Ballymun has many great attributes for doing business: 

  • Located just off the M50
  • 5 km from Dublin Airport
  • 6km from Dublin City Centre
  • Located beside Ireland’s 3rd largest University, DCU. 

The role of the EDO is to:

  • Design and Implement a 5 year Economic Plan
  • Market Ballymun as a place to do business
  • Market vacant commercial units
  • Work closely with the Local Enterprise Office to support Startups
  • Support the local business network

Ballymun Local Area Plan

The Economic Development Officer will work closely with the DCC Planning Dept. and contribute to the Ballymun Local Area Plan (LAP)  The LAP will set out a strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Ballymun and for a timescale as specified by Dublin City Council.  The LAP will provide additional and specific detail in relation to urban design, height and density.

Economic Plan

A 5 year economic plan has been developed for Ballymun.  The plan sets out 5 economic goals for the area.  They include:

  • To enhance the business support eco-system
  • Foster an entrepreneurial culture and labour activation
  • Reactivate unused space
  • Establish the physical support infrastructure
  • Development of sites for economic activity

The Economic plan can be viewed here:

For any queries around the Economic Plan, Vacant Units or supports for business please contact Liam Barry, Economic Development Officer, ph: 01 222 5652’

Vacant Units

Dublin City Council has a number of vacant units available for rent in Ballymun.  They include retail units and some office space.  Below are links to units that are currently available:

For further details contact Liam Barry, Economic Development Office, Civic Offices, Ballymun:

‘Startup Ballymun’

StartUp Ballymun aims to promote enterprise and business opportunities in Ballymun north Dublin.

  • To encourage people living in Ballymun and nearby to become self-employed
  • To welcome businesses from anywhere to be located in Ballymun

The initiative is about encouraging all types of enterprises from startups to well established companies.  Much of our activities will consist of inviting startup’s and other more established business owners to come to Ballymun, and share their experience with us.

Visit ‘StartUp Ballymun’ Facebook Page:

For further details contact Liam Barry, Economic Development Office, Civic Offices, Ballymun:

Ballymun 4 Business (B4b)

Ballymun 4 business is the local business network that aims to support economic activity through:

  • Community engagement initiatives
  • Increasing foot-fall
  • B2b Networking

For more information visit or contact Liam Barry, Economic Development Office, Civic Offices, Ballymun: