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Dublin may be getting five modular housing sites - here's where they'll be

But they divide opinion.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is to meet today to discuss five locations for modular housing.

The 22 housing units will be built by the end of the year and a further 128 will be built soon after.

The houses, which are prefabricated, will be used to provide emergency accommodation for homeless families.

The five sites are:

  • Poppintree in Ballymun
  • Mourne Road in Drimnagh
  • St Helena’s Drive in Finglas
  • Cherry Orchard in Ballyfermot
  • Belcamp Avenue in Coolock

While the plan has been welcomed by some, Sinn Féin Dublin City councillor Daithi Doolan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that modular housing is not the answer.

“The long-term solution to all this is to build social housing because moving the problem from hotels to modular housing is not the solution.

We don’t want to move the logjam from one place to another. We need to make sure that this temporary arrangement doesn’t become a permanent fixture on the housing skyline in Dublin.

“We need a building programme on our land to supply housing for those who are homeless and those on the housing list.”

Doolan said that the idea was a “gateway to homelessness”.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, independent councillor Christy Burke said that the scheme was “a temporary measure for a serious situation”.

“It gives families their dignity and their integrity. They might not be the best in the world but they will do so we can get the building programme off the ground and up and running and take people out of hotels and B&Bs.”

Read: Could one of these six homes be the answer to the homeless crisis?

Read: The first modular homes are being fast-tracked to be in place by Christmas

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