Taoiseach praises ‘transformative’ Grangegorman re-development

Kenny turns sod for €26 million infrastructure project delivering 250 jobs

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD officially turns the sod at Grangegorman

12 December 2013:  Signalling a massive escalation in the Grangegorman campus project, An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D, today turned the sod on the ‘Site Infrastructure and Public Realm’ contract.  Also present for the occasion was Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, and local TDs Minister of State for European Affairs, Paschal Donohue TD, and Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan.

Describing the project as transformative for Dublin’s inner city in terms of higher education, health, community and enterprise, the Taoiseach said “"The Grangegorman Project is a key capital development in the Government's Jobs Stimulus Plan.  The future of the Irish economy is in enterprise and innovation and the development of Grangegorman fits perfectly with that goal.  In the development of the site alone, 300 construction jobs will be created which will provide a boost for some of those who were hit the hardest when the construction bubble burst and 20% of these are earmarked for people from the local area.”

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L-R: President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, Chairperson of the Grangegorman Development Agency, John Monahan, and Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, at Grangegorman

He continued “In tandem with the Luas Cross City project this should be a really positive development for the north inner city in Dublin.  The Government's top priority is getting people back to work and we will continue to pursue relentlessly every opportunity to create jobs and build economic recovery."

Speaking at the event, President of Dublin Institute of Technology, Professor Brian Norton, said "As can be seen from the activity on site today, we are well on track for the arrival of the first 1000 DIT students next September – students of Art and Design, Photography, and Social sciences.  This exciting new campus will play a key part in the education and development of a new generation of graduates who will become the leaders, professionals, technologists  and entrepreneurs we need to drive Ireland's future competitiveness.  After many years of planning, we are extremely grateful to the very many colleagues in the GDA, the Department of Education and Skills, the NDFA - and in DIT! - for their work in delivering this project."

Representatives of DIT, the HSE and the local community were all in attendance to meet the Taoiseach.  Representatives of the construction companies currently working on the site were also present, and the Taoiseach met a large contingent of construction workers.  A number of contracts, totalling approximately €50 milion, are currently underway.  These contracts have been awarded to a number of companies, including Roadbridge, Rhatigans, O’Connor Sutton, Purcell, and Burkes.  The project is being procured and delivered by the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA).  A Local Employment Charter has been put in place which aims to provide 20% of new jobs to local people.

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Editors’ notes

  • The Grangegorman project will deliver a new unified campus for all of Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • DIT is one of Ireland’s largest higher education institutions accounting for 10% of all students and is today delivering some the highest quality graduates into a market which is looking for skilled innovators in the technology sector and others.
  • In July 2012 as part of the Government’s jobs Stimulus Plan Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D announced that a Grangegorman PPP project, worth €200 million would go ahead as a flagship project. That project went out to tender on 31st October and the two quadrangles which are being built through this process will be occupied by 10,000 DIT students in September 2017.
  • The two quadrangles are due for completion at the same time as the Luas Cross City, which will provide a new sustainable public transport service for the city and for the students and staff coming to the new campus in Grangegorman.
  • In terms of other community facilities, the site infrastructure project which was launched today will deliver parkland walks and a playground.
  • A new primary school is to be developed shortly and public library will eventually be co-located with the DIT library.
  • The €26 million contract, which has been awarded to Roadbridge Ltd by the Grangegorman Development Agency, sees over 200 construction workers on site, providing the underpinning services that will enable the build out of the new development.
  • In addition to launching the SIPR contract, the Taoiseach also announced today that a further 100 construction industry jobs will come on stream in Grangegorman shortly, as three further contracts commence.  These are being carried out by Irish contractors JJ Rhatigans & Company, Bourke Builders and Purcell Construction Ltd.  Between now and 2017 it is estimated that a total of 3,500 construction jobs will be created on the Grangegorman project.
  • The Grangegorman Development Agency has put in place a Local Employment Charter which aims to provide 20% of new jobs to local people.

 

 

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