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By Jim Kenny.A £200 million light rail system and a £100 million shopping development are set to give the city of Dublin a major boost.The Irish government has now re-affirmed its commitment to the light rail system proposed for the city, despite earlier fears that a slowdown in the pace of European Union investment could put the project in jeopardy.The light rail project is one of a number of schemes listed under the government's National Plan, which also includes major road projects, docks and airport investment, and a new hospital at Tallaght.A £170 million shortfall from EU Structural Funds this year was at the root of the concern.But the Irish finance minister has spoken out to quell fears that the three links from the city centre to Tallaght, Cabinteely and Ballymun may not go ahead as planned, although 're-phasing' one of the links is being considered.The government had reckoned on receiving £8 billion funding through the EU before 1999 under the Structural and Cohesion Fund schemes. But that figure is now being re-negotiated downwards.Meanwhile in Clondalkin, a £100 million shopping centre scheme for Quarryvale has been given the go-ahead by the South Dublin County Council.Developer Owen O'Callaghan now hopes to meet a June 1996 date to open the first phase of the scheme, which will include a 25,000 sq m shopping centre, a 150-bedroom hotel, conference centre, leisure complex and an area of light industrial development.Under the proposals put forward by Mr O'Callaghan's company, Barkhill, there will also be significant infrastructure spending involved.Among the civils infrastructure work planned will be a tunnel built to take cars to the complex under the N4 motorway.Elsewhere, there will be widening works needed and a dual carriageway will run through the length of the site which covers more than 70 ha. CONSTRUCTION NEWS