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  • The Social Regeneration Conference has become established as an important annual forum for the local community to participate in discussion and debates on all these issues and the number of participants attending has increased year on year

  • Employment initiatives such as the Schools’ Job Placement Programme and the Local Employ- ment Charter have been established by the Authority to ensure that local Docklanders are suc- cessful in securing employment, primarily in both the construction and financial sectors

  • The provision of new schools and the redevelopment of other community facilities in the Area will ensure that the Docklands will be sustained into the future, well after the Authority’s remit has ended

Realising Quality of Life

  • Since 1997, a total of 773 social and affordable units have been given Section-25 certifi- cation. Of these, 319 have been completed as of November 2008.

  • Delivering quality play spaces for children has been highlighted as an imperative in deliv- ering family-friendly living environments and is the subject of ‘Play Space Guidelines’, a report commissioned by the Authority as a blueprint for progress in this area

  • The Dublin Docklands Childcare Forum was established and published the ‘Report on Childcare Services’ which looked at 24 childcare facilities, which cater for over 1,000 children in the Docklands Area

Creating a Sense of Place

  • The chq building (formerly Stack A) opened in the IFSC in 2007, anchored by leading home furnishing store, Meadows & Byrne. The magnificently restored building is now also home to a range of eclectic retail and dining options and is set to become a key destina- tion in the Docklands

  • The Liffey Voyage tour service commenced operations in 2007 and now carries over 30,000 passengers per year on its tour of the city and River Liffey

  • The Authority acquired the famine replica ship, the Jeanie Johnston and its permanent berth is at Dublin City Moorings. She has become a prominent feature on the River Liffey and operates a full summer programme of port visits and sail training. The vessel’s acquisition is part of the Docklands River Regeneration Strategy, which aims to bring life back to the River Liffey

  • 2006 saw the beginnings of the implementation of the Docklands Arts Strategy, which includes a wide range of initiatives aimed at elevating the place and people of Docklands. One of the most prominent projects under way as part of this strategy is the proposal of commissioning artist Antony Gormley for a dramatic sculpture on the River Liffey

  • The amenity of the Docklands, particularly the waterfront, is getting better with each year and is making for a much improved visitor experience. The growing programme of attrac- tions and events, including the ‘Docklands Maritime Festival’, ‘12 Days of Christmas’ and ‘Docklands Urban Beach’, are serving to animate the area and attract thousands of people to experience the Docklands.

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