The Minister for Housing has asked for a report from Dublin City Council on the future of the Oscar Traynor Road site in Coolock, after development plans were rejected by councillors.

The plan was rejected by all the political groupings except Fine Gael, because it involved private development on public land.

Councillors from Labour, Social Democrats, Greens, Independents and Sinn Féin want the city council to take over the development project.

Minister Darragh O'Brien said the Government will help in any way it can but he said there is frustration with development delays and it is everyone's responsibility to deliver housing.

"People can argue about ideology and what they would like to see but at the end of the day, I don't necessarily think we have too much of a luxury just to be having political debates around this," he said.

He said the city council will have to partner with developers in some cases and not all developments will be 100% private or 100% public.

He was speaking in Clondalkin where the first residents were getting the keys in an 83 unit social housing development in Cooleven.

It is a so called "turnkey development" where an approved housing body - Tuath - paid a private contractor to build 20 apartments and 63 houses on private land.

Tuath chief executive Seán O'Connor said residents have security of tenure for life and can leave the property to a family member but cannot purchase the property themselves. 

He said the aim is to keep the units for social housing so if a resident moves out, it goes to someone else on the housing waiting list.

The cost to Tuath worked out at €300,000 for a three-bed house.

Dublin local authorities can build a three-bed house for between €210,000 to €240,000 according to Micheál Mahon of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI).

But he says this is because there is no land cost, cheaper borrowing and local authority levies are waived.

He says it is doubtful that local authorities would have the staff to project manage developments like Oscar Traynor Road, and they would have to hire in professional teams.

However, he said now is the time for public housing development because of softening of construction costs and inflation.