The backers of a plan to construct a €25m co-living scheme in Dublin have said there will be less demand for communal kitchens by residents, as employers such as Facebook, which is planning to employ 5,000 at its Ballsbridge HQ, provide meals in the workplace.

Dublin City Council decided to take out 18 bed spaces from the 111 bed space plan in order to provide larger communal kitchens after deeming the space “inadequate”, while objectors have cited lack of social distancing space an issue. One objection argued that the accommodation type poses a significant public health risk, although a Covid-19 risk assessment drawn up by a Consultant Occupational & Environmental Physician said the degree of thought in the scheme “is excellent and exceeds anything I have seen before in a residential setting”.

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