The sod was turned on Friday last on the long-desired and heavily-anticipated Lidl site in Ballymun.

Expected to open in August 2020, the supermarket will be the first of its kind in Ballymun in some time, and has been warmly welcomed by residents. It’s believed that the project will also contain some student housing, in addition to other units.

Cllr Noeleen Reilly (Ind) welcomed the sod-turning, and said: “It feels like we are talking forever about Lidl coming to Ballymun, but it is great to see works finally start for the people of the area.

“Most residents are very excited to see Lidl coming into the area after decades of underinvestment in shops and businesses.

“It is a huge opportunity for local people to gain employment and I have requested that Lidl work with the Ballymun Job Centre to maximise employment in the area,” she said.