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Ballymun regeneration: appeal to finish the last 10%

John Lyons (Lab, Dublin NW) appealed, in the course of a topical debate, for the final 10% of the budget to be paid for the cost of the regeneration of Ballymun (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th January 2012, PDF page references not available).  Regeneration had been launched in 1997 and since then 1,600 new homes and 1,400 private units had been built.  The project was now 10% short of completion and this was an important 10%: it was the final piece of the jigsaw, not just icing on the cake.  One housing unit, Sillogue 9 of 48 units remained to be completed and we had to ensure that children who grew up on a building site would have the facilities to live in a successful community.


Responding for the government, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan told him that the regeneration programme was now in its completion phase and her department was working closely with the city council and Ballymun Regeneration Ltd to ensure that it was completed properly and on time.  15 years later, though, the community profile had changed and the original number of housing units envisaged might no longer be required.  It was her intention though to ensure that some 250 units planned and under way be completed, especially those 26 households living in the worst accommodation.    She wished to assure him that funding for completion was protected.