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A general view of Croke Park stadium during the parade before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A general view of Croke Park stadium during the parade before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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A general view of Croke Park stadium during the parade before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A north inner city Dublin redevelopment in the shadow of Croke Park is set to cost an estimated €26m - with works due to begin in 2018.

Nine families still live in the dilapidated Croke Villas complex just yards from the Cusack Stand end. The families have remained in their current homes while waiting to be rehoused despite an initial green light for the development, which includes 73 new apartment units being given in September.

The estimated cost will be covered by both the Department of Environment and Croke Park - with the two paying €20m and €6m respectively.

However, costs have not yet been finalised and still have to be approved by the department before it is given the go-ahead.

The costings will also have to go before the full Dublin City Council.

Of the projected budget for the project, the Irish Independent understands that more than €2m of the funding provided by the GAA will be used for a boulevard, which will provide open space at the Cusack Stand entrance.

Irish Independent