The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead local authority in the response to homelessness in Dublin
and adopts a shared service approach across South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.


John's Lane West

Jul 08, 2016

The John's Lane West facility is to be refurbished into 31 new housing units and Focus Ireland are being supported in being able to carry out this work.  A plan was put in place and fully implemented whereby alternative emergency beds were put in place in order to facilitate works.


  • 41 JLW beds were replaced in full with 41 alternative beds
  • All persons on rolling beds were offered rolling beds in alternative emergency accommodation in advance of closure
  • All persons who booked a bed, via the homeless freephone, for the night of Sunday July 3rd, were offered an alternative bed for the night of Monday July 4th


It is important to note that only a small portion of the beds accessed on a nightly basis are allocated on a one night only basis, in order to provide an emergency response to the episodic usage patterns of emergency accommodation of a small percentage of homeless service users, and that people frequently accessing emergency accommodation are moved into rolling beds.


The closure of John’s Lane West has been planned for by all the relevant agencies on the basis that a) alternative emergency beds would be put in place (this did happen via the Peter Mc Verry Trust) and b) the benefit can be gained of turning John’s Lane West into self contained modern housing units for people in need of social housing, which Focus Ireland is currently undertaking.


Dublin City Council wishes to underline that there have been long-term plans for this building and the service provided at Johns Lane West was an interim provision at all times and where we collectively planned for alternative provision in order to progress JLW as a housing project,