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					                                NDP DELIVERING IN DUBLIN

In 2004, over €8 billion was invested nationally under the National Development Plan (NDP).
This brings investment in the first five years of the NDP to an estimated €36 billion nationwide.
The NDP is funded primarily by the Exchequer with support from the EU Structural Funds.

NDP investment in Dublin includes:-

National Road Project underway include the M50 South Eastern Motorway and the M50 Dublin
Port Tunnel which are both currently under construction. The N7 Naas Road Widening is also
under construction. This scheme involves the widening of 14 km of dual carriageway and the
construction of four new interchanges, two pedestrian footbridges and a new local road linking
Castlewarden to Kill, Johnstown and Naas. The N7 Kingswood Interchange (Naas Road) is due
for completion shortly.

Over €54.1 million was allocated to non-national roads in County Dublin in 2004. The funding
was designated for work on projects such as the LP2034 Johnstown Road (N11 to Pottery Road),
Dundrum Main Street Bypass, Balbriggan Inner Relief Road, Greenhills Road Realignment, the
Ongar Road in Dublin 15, the R105 Annesley Bridge Strengthening and Killeen Road, Ballyfermot.

2004 saw the return to Dublin of trams with the commencement of services on the two Luas lines
from Sandyford to St Stephen’s Green (Green Line) and from Tallaght to Connolly Station (Red
Line). Approximately 50,000 people currently use the Luas Green and Red Line every day.

By the end of 2004, the DART will have doubled its fleet of railcars. To make commuting easier,
the platforms at all stations will be fully upgraded to provide access for people with disabilities by
next year. The DART upgrade project, which is due for completion towards the end of 2005, will
allow 8-car DART trains to operate for the first time.

Public Transport investment has also included the replacement and the addition of by Bus Atha
Cliath to its fleet. This has allowed the company to increase its peak hour capacity by 25% over
the past four years. In 2004 the Quality Bus Corridor rollout was prioritised with over €27 million
allocated to QBC developments.

Since 2000 over €84.5 million has been approved for childcare facilities, supports for staffing,
capacity building and the general improvement of childcare provision in Dublin. Childcare
services in County Dublin which have benefited from support include:- Ballyfermot Family
Resource Centre, Hardwicke Street Childcare & Education Centre, Mountwood Fitzgerald Park
C.D.P in Dun Laoghaire and Rush Community Council Ltd.

Under Waste Management in 2004, over €6.5 million was granted towards the purchase of a
building to house a new Materials Recovery Facility at Ballymount. This facility will serve the

entire Dublin region and will have much higher capacity to facilitate continuing increases in
recycling in the Dublin area. In addition, €368,500 was provided towards further expanding the
Bring Bank network in the city and improvements to the Ringsend CAS.

The four Enterprise Boards, Dublin City, Fingal, Dublin South and Dun Laoighaire/Rathdown
have paid grant aid of over €1.46 million to small and micro enterprises in the county in 2004.
Notable projects supported since 2000, which have resulted in the creation of new employment
and capital investment, include TechWorks Marine Ltd. in DunLaoighaire and SK Interfaces Ltd.
in Ballycoolin. The CEBs also continued to support enterprise through the provision of training
initiatives and mentoring services.

The Bioincubator, Trinity College’s New Incubation Facility to boost the biotech sector was
opened in opened in April. This new Enterprise Centre on Pearse Street, comprises 400 square
metres of fully flexible laboratory and serviced office space. Offering a range of on-site specialist
and targeted business services, the facility will provide a nurturing 'hot house' environment for
early stage biotechnology companies. Enterprise Ireland provided funding of €750,000 for the
conversion of the new facilities. The Trinity bioincubator is the first of six Enterprise Ireland-
funded bioincubators, which are coming on-stream in Irish research institutions.

Youthreach is part of a national programme of second-chance education and training. It is aimed
at people who left school early and aims to give them the opportunity of building their self-
confidence and gaining a range of qualifications. Youthreach Programmes available in Dublin
include North Great Georges Street, Ballymun, Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Main Street,
Blanchardstown, VEC Esker Hill, Lucan, Sallynoggin and Killinarden, Tallaght.

Housing projects advanced Dublin include Ballymun Regeneration, Europe’s biggest
regeneration programme. To date 603 social houses have been completed, with a further 614
currently under construction. In addition 72 voluntary and affordable units have been completed
with a further 74 under construction. A total of 114 private houses have been completed and 664
private houses are underway.

Other Housing schemes under construction in Dublin City include a €10.15 million remedial
works scheme of 181 flats at Liberty House, work on 78 flats at Boyne Street and 56 flats at
Ormond Square.

In 2004, €3.4 million was allocated for a voluntary housing project at 37/39 Cowper Road,
Rathmines for accommodation for elderly persons by Alexandra Guild Housing Association
Limited in co-operation with Dublin City Council.

Under the Traveller Accommodation Scheme, the City Council completed a six unit group
housing scheme in Finglas, and the refurbishment of six group houses in Ballyfermot and
Coolock. In addition 26 group houses are underway at St. Margarets, Ballymun as part of the
Ballymun Regeneration Project.

In 2004, €19 million has been allocated to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, €55
million was allocated to the South Dublin County Council and €30 million was allocated to
Fingal County Council for their respective housing building programmes.

A further €8.3 million was made available to Fingal County Council under the Capital Assistance
Scheme for the provision of 59 units of accommodation by Fold Ireland at Cherryfield Lawn,
Hartstown, Dublin 15.

In Dublin the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme continues to fund 11 local
partnerships in Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Blanchardstown, Canal Communities, Clondalkin, Dublin
Inner City, KWCD, Finglas-Cabra, Northside, Southside and Tallaght, two Community
Partnerships (Co-operation Fingal and Rathmines Information and Community Services) and the
Dublin Employment Pact.

These organisations focus on job creation, placement and training in the most marginalised
communities in the county and also provide support for young people through education. One of
many notable initiatives in 2004 was the provision of an advocate planning service to assist
disadvantaged inner city communities in managing urban change and renewal.

“Significant progress has been made over the first five years of the NDP. As each year goes by
we can see the impact of this investment on the ground. Government Departments, state agencies,
local authorities, VECs, county enterprise boards, FAS and community groups are all involved in
the successful delivery of the NDP at a local level.” an NDP spokesperson said.

The National Development Plan aims to improve the quality of life for everybody by investing in
infrastructure, people, industry & enterprise and regional development.

Note to Editor
The figures given in this release are provisional expenditure figures and grant aid approved to
December. The final end of year figures (actual expenditure & grant aid approved) will be
available in Spring 2005.