Families to be in modular homes 'within weeks'
Environment Minister Alan Kelly insists that "vulnerable and homeless families" will be living in the country's first modular homes within weeks.
He made the pledge at the Baile na Laochra site in Ballymun yesterday where 22 houses are being built.
The homes were originally to be ready by Christmas, but the project was hit with a number of delays.
Mr Kelly said: "These houses will be delivered by the end of February; furthermore we have another 135 [in Dublin], then we'll have the 500 [across the rest of the country]."
A series of delays, including protests by people who had originally planned to buy homes at the site, meant those looking to move into the Ballymun site have to wait until this month.
"The reason it's not here before Christmas is because of ... the protests and the way workers [on the site] were being treated," Mr Kelly said.
"On top of that you had the issues which none of us could control, which was the weather and then the Christmas break and the builders' holidays.
"When this is completed, it will be the fastest development of housing in the history of the State."
Mr Kelly and fellow Labour TD John Lyons were given a tour around one of the units with members of Dublin City Council yesterday morning.
Mr Kelly said the new units were "better than most homes in Ireland".
"They're better quality than other houses built in other formats because of the energy rating," he added.