Monday saw the sod finally been turned on the new unified campus at Grangegorman for DIT.
The new Grangegorman site is a strategic project for Dublin and will provide much needed construction jobs over coming years.
The €26 million development which has begun today will see over 200 construction workers on site. In tandem with jobs, the development will play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the North Inner City.
The overall €230 million cost of the development includes provision of €110 million from the European Investment Bank to construct the Central and East Quad area.
At the opening ceremony Minister Brendan Howlin said: “It is particularly welcome that this investment will provide approximately 3,500 jobs during the construction phases of the projects. Without any doubt, one of the largest remaining challenges is to replace the jobs that this economy has lost and to provide good quality job opportunities for all of our people. I am pleased too that this project is one of those being used to trial local employment charters in major construction projects and that 16% of those employed on the site are from the local area. We need to get back to a sustainable level of activity in construction, as part of both a short and medium term growth agenda. It is my view that recovery will not feel like recovery, until the construction sector is restored to something like a normal level of activity.”