Last month I announced the approval of some 56 social housing construction projects with an overall value of some €68 million under the Local Authority housing construction programme for 2014-2015. This new construction programme will deliver 449 new units of accommodation for people on the housing waiting list. Projects were selected for funding approval on the basis of the proposals submitted to my Department by the local authorities, the relative priority afforded to each of these projects and the overall level of housing need locally.
The 35 unit development at Darndale was included as one of the projects to be advanced under this programme. The €7.9 million provisional allocation for this project is an indicative figure based on the cost estimate provided by Dublin City Council. In view of the fact that the procurement process for the construction contract for this large project has not been completed so far, I do not propose to make public any cost-sensitive information which might impact on the tendering process at this time. My Department will be in a position to provide details of the overall project cost once all the tendering and contractual arrangements have been concluded.