Tuesday 12 December 2017

Authority set up to 'lead major social change'

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority was created in the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 to rejuvenate the area.

It aimed to "lead a major project of physical, social and economic regeneration in the east side of Dublin" and turn the docklands into a "world-class city quarter paragon of sustainable inner city regeneration".

Its mission was to create an area in which the whole community enjoyed the highest standards of access to education, employment, housing and social amenity.

However, the area had severe economic and social problems and unemployment was, in 1997, averaging 30pc and only 35pc of the children there were still attending school in the Leaving Certificate year.

To date, the DDDA has attracted over €3.35bn of public and private investment.

Planning

In March 2009 Professor Niamh Brennan of UCD was named chair of the DDDA.

In September 2009 the Environment Minister John Gormley requested that Prof Brennan commission a report examining corporate governance and planning at the agency.

Earlier this month Mr Gormley was accused of hiding the report on the operation of the DDDA for political reasons.

He said he had the report for a week and its contents, in two parts, would be fully published following an examination by the Attorney General.

The authority has been involved in a range of projects since 1997, including The O2 building and the Grand Canal Theatre. The landmark Convention Centre is still under construction but is due to be completed within a year.

The authority also works to develop open spaces such as Grand Canal Square, which was unveiled in 2007.

Irish Independent

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