Opening of 56 new Dublin City Council homes at Peadar Kearney House

On Tuesday 21st April at 2p.m. the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke and Alan Kelly TD Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government will formally open the €12.5m new housing development, Peadar Kearney House on Railway Street, Dublin 1. The redevelopment was funded under the Social Housing Investment fund by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

Work commenced on Peadar Kearney House, in January 2013 with the first phase handed over to Dublin City Council in May 2014 and the final phase completed in Sept 2014. There are 56 homes in the development along with a Community facility and underground car parking. The scheme is managed by Circle Housing Association on behalf of the Council.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Christy Burke welcomed the opening saying “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to open Peadar Kearney House. I want to take this opportunity to commend the work of all involved in bringing this project to fruition. This complex is part of an ongoing redevelopment of the North Inner City area and I know that it will add greatly to the area and enhance the lives of many of the tenants living here”.

“Schemes such as Peadar Kearney House are more than just about homes. They are also about building sustainable communities. These schemes, which are excellently designed and well located, imbue a sense of pride and confidence in communities. This is a place where people will live in a safe and secure environment. I would like to acknowledge Dublin City Council, for their commitment, not just to this project, but to the wider vision for the redevelopment of the city generally” said Alan Kelly TD Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Dick Brady, Assistant Chief Executive of Dublin City Council said “I am delighted to see how pleased the residents of Peadar Kearney House are with their new homes. It is evident by the hopes and wishes expressed by the families present here today that the formal opening is not seen as the end of the project but the beginning of a bright future for the Community that calls Peadar Kearney home”.

Justin O’ Brien, Chief Executive of Circle VHA said “Circle Voluntary Housing is honoured to have undertaken the management of Peadar Kearney House on behalf of Dublin City Council since June 2014. This regeneration scheme development of 56 units of accommodation is of the highest quality. The tenants value their new homes. Some 21 of the old Liberty House tenants returned to live here and they have brought a strong sense of community and investment in Peadar Kearney House. The other tenants are from the City Councils’ housing waiting lists. This partnership between Dublin City Council and Circle VHA in managing Peadar Kearney House is an effective way forward for future social housing developments in the city and the delivery of the Social Housing Strategy 2020”.

This area, formerly known as the Monto, in Dublin’s North Inner City once included Corporation Buildings built by Dublin Corporation in 1905 to house people from the local tenements. Peadar Kearney is believed to have lived in 46 Corporation Buildings.
It was designed and built to be energy efficient with high levels of insulation throughout and energy generating solar panels located on the roofs.

This project was built by Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Ltd. The Design Team consisted of Dublin City Council’s Architects Section, Paul Keogh Consultant Architects, Varming Consulting Mechanical & Electrical Engineers and Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers.

Peadar Kearney House is another example of the Council’s redevelopment of this area of the Inner City which includes projects such as Patrick Heeney Crescent, off Gloucester Place, Sean Treacy House on Buckingham St and the Liberty Corner development adjacent to Peadar Kearney House. Dublin City Council now intend to proceed with the redevelopment of St. Mary’s Mansions on Railway Street in partnership with Cluid VHA utilising European Investment Bank funding and completing a new urban interface for an area that was originally built to house people from the tenements.

For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office. T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

Notes to the Editor:
• The development consists of 16 x 1 bed units, 34 x 2 bed units, 6 x 3 bed units.
Corporation Buildings once stood on the area around where Peadar Kearney House stands today. According to the 1911 census for the area, Peadar Kearney lived at one time in number 46 Corporation Buildings. In 1907 he wrote “The Soldiers Song” which became an anthem for the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising in 1916 and was later translated into Irish and became the Irish anthem. He took part in the Rising and fought with Thomas McDonagh at Jacobs Factory. After the surrender he managed to escape before his comrades were taken into custody.