Two of the country's biggest house builders, Glenveagh Homes and Ballymore Developments, have secured planning permission for 'fast-track' plans for more than 330 residential units at two separate sites in Dublin.
This follows An Bord Pleanála giving the green light to Glenveagh Homes to construct 192 apartments at Castleknock, Dublin 15.
The appeals board has granted planning permission for the proposal for five five-storey apartment blocks at Balroy House, Carpenterstown Rd, Castleknock in the face of widespread local opposition.
In total, 125 objections were lodged against the proposal and one of those to object was former Labour TD, Joan Burton.
Ms Burton was a TD at the time of making a joint objection with Cllr John Walsh (Lab). The Burton objection claimed that the proposal was "detrimental to the local environment" and "damaging to residential amenity".
The objection claimed that "the scale and height of the proposed five-block, five-storey over-basement development is inappropriate and out of keeping with the pattern of development in the surrounding area".
Elected councillors for the area claimed that the development's density was too high and there was no capacity in schools or childcare there.
However, the An Bord Pleanála inspector in the case, senior planning inspector Rónán O'Connor, stated that "the provision of a higher-density residential development at this location is desirable with regard to its intermediate suburban location and its proximity to high frequent transport services". Mr O'Connor stated that in addition, the site is located in an area with a wide range of social infrastructure facilities.
He said: "The height, bulk and massing, detailed design and layout of the scheme are acceptable. I am also satisfied that the development would not have any significant adverse impacts on the amenities of the surrounding area."
He further stated that the future occupiers of the scheme will benefit from a high standard of internal amenity.
The appeals board has also granted planning permission to Ballymore Property Developments for 142 residential units at Seamount Rd and Seamount Abbey at Malahide in north Dublin.
The appeals board found that the proposal would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area.