9th January 2020 | Housing, Press Releases

Controversial ‘Co-Living’ planning decision in West Dublin is a direct result of Fine Gael policy


Green Party Dublin West candidate, Cllr Roderic O’Gorman has slammed Fine Gael for pushing the “co-living” model of accommodation.

He was speaking in response to the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a 210 bed co-living development on the site of Brady’s Pub, on the Old Navan Road.

“I’m shocked and disappointed at the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for this co-living development on the Brady’s Pub site, even though their own inspector recommended rejection. Co-living is the wrong model for Ireland and this suburban site is absolutely the wrong place for co-living”, stated Cllr O’Gorman.

“This decision is completely the fault of Fine Gael’s housing policies. The Guidelines that Minister Eoghan Murphy introduced in 2018 to allow for co-living developments and high density building out of the city centre are the direct basis on which An Bord Pleanala made this decision. There has been no thought put into the co-living model: what protections will be in place for the tenants, who will look after these buildings if the rental companies sell them on?”.

“No doubt the Taoiseach and local Fine Gael reps will be criticising this particular decision. They need to understand that the decision is the direct result of their Government, their Minister and their policies”, concluded Cllr O’Gorman.