Protesters gathered earlier today at the site of where 22 modular homes are being built in Ballymun

You may recall how yesterday Labour TD Ann Phelan explained that a new policy directive will give the chief executives of Dublin’s four local authorities the power to “dispense with the normal Part 8 planning process” – or public consultation process – for any situation they deem to be an emergency in regards to homelessness.

Further to this…

RTÉ reports:

“Work has stopped on the site where the first set of modular homes are to be located in Dublin due to a protest.”

“Around 20 people have gathered at the entrance of the site Balbutcher Lane in Ballymun.”

They say the modular housing project puts plans by a local co-op to build 40 social housing units on the same land in serious doubt.”

“…Dublin City Council said the modular homes provide no issues for the co-op’s plans.”



Dublin City Council say:

If the current protest being held at the Baile na Laochra Modular Homes site in Poppintree, Ballymun continues, 22 families will remain in unsuitable accommodation in commercial hotels for the Christmas and into early 2016.

The four Dublin Local Authorities, An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Peter McVerry Trust are asking the protesters to stop obstructing building works on the site and enter into constructive discussion with Dublin City Council.

The contract was awarded to Western Building Systems following an Accelerated Restricted Procedure (ARP) to provide homes in recognition of the extreme urgency to respond to family homelessness in the Dublin region.

Protest disrupts work at modular housing site in Ballymun (RTE)

Previously: Modularity Of Mind

All Modular Cons

Pics: Ballymun Says No via Marcus Aindrea

14 thoughts on “Mod Rule

  1. DubLoony

    Must be chilly that yer man on the far left needs to have a scarf around his face.

    DCC already said that the other houses won’t be affected.
    22 families could have a key to their own door by Christmas but these muppets won’t allow that.
    I despair.

  2. Sido

    I was wondering what they meant by modular housing – were they talking about those squalid boxes they were housing those unfortunate Travellers in, that were in the news a month back.
    So I goes to the post “Modularity in Mind” and there was a plan there. An upstairs and a downstairs But there was no stairs shown in the plan – can anyone explain this discrepancy?

    1. Barry

      If you are referring to the post on Broadsheet t’other day showing a cross section/cutout view of the house I’m fairly sure it was just showing a half of the house to give an inside view.

  3. panga

    nama housing is available at around €25,000 per unit……
    why built firetraps for €190,000??
    more cronyism…. more nimbyism
    more corruption…. more stupidity

    1. Anne


      I really support social housing being built for people.. but not these and not at the cost they’re at either.
      We need to get people out of B & Bs asap, but not into these.

      1. scottser

        anne, the council won’t house a homeless family if they have previous anti-social histories, convictions for violent crimes, eviction due to rent arrears, and a host of other reasons under ‘estate management’ criteria. however, under the 1988 housing act, the state is obliged to provide emergency accommodation to those who are deemed homeless. those modular housing solutions are about as good as emergency accommodation is going to get. they are NOT social housing, and the two shouldn’t be confused with each other.

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