Davitt House Flats – Storage Sheds at eastern boundary with former Dulux Factory Site

21st November, 2019

RE: Davitt House – Pramsheds

Hi Daithi,
Can we get some guarantee from the Council that residents who rent pramsheds will be informed by the relevant section of the council if their sheds have to be replaced due to damage?
The residents also are concerned tgey will lose their gates and should be given assurance that this will not happen.  Due to the lack of future parking facilities for the proposed Davitt Lock, the Housing & Maintenance Departments need to ensure they have the continuous ability to lock their gates.
Patricia Ryan

20th November,2019

Dear Councillor

The pram sheds at DCC’s Davitt House flat complex abuts a wall within the curtilage of the former Dulux Factory Site. DCC Housing Maintenance understand that a proposed private redevelopment on this site will necessitate deep excavation along the boundary. For this reason it was necessary for DCC to carry out an inspection to confirm the current condition of the pram shed walls. This will enable the Contractor put in place suitable measures to prevent damage to these storage sheds during construction activities. Regards Shane Connolly | Assistant Engineer | Housing & Community, Housing Maintenance, Block 2, Floor 3, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Correspondence sent by Councillor Dáithí Doolan to Mary Taylor, Dublin City Councillor – 19th November, 2019

Subject: Survey in Davitt House

Mary, a chara, I am contacting you concerning Davitt House, Drimnagh. Residents have observed workers surveying the pram sheds in Davitt House. Can you confirm what is the purpose of this survey? Many thanks. Is mise, Cllr. Daithí Doolan

DRCG Correspondence to Brian Durkan Developments

20th November, 2019

Following our meeting with residents, concerns were raised about a number of issues regarding the demolition of the Old Dulux Factory. Please see a list of queries raised by DRCG on residents’ behalf.


Good Morning,

Just two updates on the Survey, properties 223 and 274 were missed yesterday, one you notified me about and one that was notified to me last evening. Can you reschedule  these for today.

On a separate note, we had our first full residents meeting last night, where we updated our members on our interactions to date. It was very well attended and some questions and observations were raised from the floor, that we had not previously covered with yourselves.

1)            Asbestos, Do you have a copy of the asbestos survey that you could furnish us with.

We do have an asbestos report but we cannot issue it to third parties due to copyright issues.

2)            Environmental report, most recent, showing air quality and dust particulate readings.

Yes I have attached a report from Phoenix environmental. (This has been posted on our site)

3)            Working Hours, Visual proof was presented showing activity on site well prior to official times on a couple of occasions.

I have checked with my Foreman Dermot on site and he has assured me that work has not commenced this week before 8am. Workers do arrive to site ahead of their start time, but do not commence work ahead of the permitted start time.

4)            HGV’s and full 35- 50 c/y skips exiting on Galtymore Rd.

Yes, this is because we need to clear the back yard and there is no alternative route. As discussed at the meeting we are only going on to Galtymore road when we have to and we will continue to try and keep this to a minimum.

5)            Contractors brushing down asbestos sheets before lowering to ground level.

All asbestos sheets are sprayed and brushed down to remove moss only, this is done with a sweeping brush and doesn’t release asbestos into the air and is a normal practice. All asbestos roofing is now removed, wrapped and will be removed from site.

6)            Concern over boundary walls adjoining Davitt House Complex and its status ???

We have been in touch with DCC who have told us there is an adjoining wall on their side of the Davitt House Complex and that their stores are independent of our wall. BMD will continue to monitor this and have placed Vibration monitors on this wall.

7)            ETA for site hoarding and type of hoarding,

The hoarding will be a timber hoarding and works to install this will commence in the coming weeks.

Anthony, if you could assist us in any of the above, we would appreciate this. Normally Rachael looks after our communications, but as I was contacting you anyhow about the survey, I thought the one communique would do, so I have “cc” Rachel on this as well.

Regards John.

Property Surveys Correspondence

22nd November, 2019

Hi John/ Rachel,

We have now completed the list provided to us by yourselves of residents who wished to have their property’s survey. We will send on these reports to each house owner individually when they are completed by our engineer.

In response to your queries below please see my reply in red.

Kind regards,

Anthony Durkan


Brian M Durkan & Co Ltd

Dulux Site / The Davitt – Air Quality Report

Following a meeting of the Drimnagh Residents’ Community Group with residents of the area, on Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 at Good Counsel GAA Club to discuss the construction of The Davitt, the committee contacted Anthony Durkan seeking a copy of the Air quality Report which is available here.

Air Quality Report

From Dulux to The Davitt

The old Dulux Paints factory in Drimnagh on Dublin’s southside.

The demolition and excavation of the Old Dulux Paint Factory has commenced. The Drimnagh Residents’ Community Group were invited to a meeting by Mr Anthony Durkan at the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel on Thursday, 7th November, 2019 to discuss the future development of the site. This was an introductory meeting and it has been agreed that further meetings will take place every six weeks to discuss ongoing issues or concerns that residents may have.

Demolition of the factory commenced on Monday, 11th November, 2019 and is well underway. Most of the work will be sub-contracted and the actual development will take two years i.e, from demolition to building completion.

The development will be known as Davitt Lock. However, it is currently being marketed as The Davitt.
Please click on the link to view the future development.

Davitt Road – Brian Durkan