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Docklands Authority

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority was created by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 to lead a major project of physical, social and economic regeneration in the East side of Dublin.


Mission Statement

We will develop the Dublin Docklands into a world-class city quarter paragon of sustainable inner city regeneration - one in which the whole community enjoys the highest standards of access to education, employment, housing and social amenity and which delivers a major contribution to the social and economic prosperity of Dublin and the whole of Ireland.

Key Statistics

  • Project launched 1997
  • Development Area - 520 ha (1300 acres)
  • To date Dublin Docklands has attracted over €3.35 billion of public and private investment.
  • 92.9 acres (37.2 ha) under S25 Planning Schemes
  • Creation of 40,000 new jobs
  • 11,000 new homes of which 2,200 (20%) are social and affordable
  • Population growth from 17,500 (1997) to 22,000 (2008)
  • Total development commenced in 1st 5 years 380,000 m2

The Project

The Project extended over 520 hectares, at the core of which were former Dockland areas comprising some 100 hectares of substantially derelict or low value industrial land. The various communities lying in the area outside of this core comprised some 17,500 people. Although there was a very strong and active sense of community, the area had severe economic and social problems. In particular, unemployment was, in 1997, averaging 30% and only 35% of the children were still attending school in the Leaving Certificate year.

The Docklands Project is radically changing the whole area, not only through major phases of mixed use property development but also by involving local people in the planning of that and by fostering and investing in educational and other social interventions. These interventions aim to develop social and economic capacity in order to ensure that the Area development is truly sustainable.

Every five years the Authority creates a Master Plan for the Dublin Docklands Area. The 2008 Master Plan outlines the strategy for the social, economic and physical regeneration of the Area.



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Docklands Fact

A downtrodden Leprosy hospice was located on Misery hill, hence its name! It was believed lepers were “the unclean” and would be walked to the hospice on Misery Hill with 1 man tolling a bell and another carrying a 40 foot pole to keep everyone at safe distance. Today this is where we get the expression “I wouldn’t touch him with a 40 foot pole!”