Issue 3 - May 2010

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Regeneration projects

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Ciaran Cuffe told Kieran O’Donnell (FG, Limerick E) that the minister of state at the department, Michael Finneran, had visited Limerick in February to see the regeneration areas of Moyross, Southill, Ballinacurra, Weston and St Mary’s Park (Dail Eireann, Debates, 21st April 2010, 124-6).  The Limerick Regeneration Agencies Board had adopted a proposed implementation plan on 7th April and had last week presented it to his department.  Total cost was €337m with a major civic hub in Moyross, new housing projects in each of the four areas, refurbishment and in-fill projects, mixed tenure housing and community facilities such as an integrated youth centre, education campus and creche.  Public investment reflected new values in the construction market and had been scaled down from €1.7bn to €924m.

Meantime, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Michael Finneran told Terence Flanagan (FG, Dublin NE) and Dinny McGinley (FG, Donegal SW) that the government had provided €5.5m to support regeneration in St Michael’s Estate in Dublin this year.  Proposals for O’Devaney Gardens and Dominick st were expected from the City Council in 2010-11 and in the meantime they would be detenanted (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd April 2010, 291).  A Dublin City task force was examining redevelopment options for phase 2 projects in Croke Villas, Dolphin House and St Teresa’s Gardens.