The regeneration schemes
The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government told Joan Collins (PBP, Dublin SC) and Mary Lou McDonald (SF, Dublin C) that he had the previous week met with the assistant city manager and the technical and maintenance staff to discuss both conditions in Dolphin House and the regeneration programme for the area (Dail Eireann, Debates, 17th May 2011, 348-350). He told them that the government had set aside €7m for the regeneration of flat complexes, including €6.25m for the relocation of tenants. Dublin City Council was very much engaged with the residents, he said and the process continued without let up. A conditions survey was being carried out and must be completed quickly. The €700m Ballymun project was the biggest regeneration project in Europe and €53m had been allocated to it and €35m to Limerick, which would cost €346m when it was completed. Having said that, money was extremely limited and he did not want to give people false hopes.
He provided further details. Phase 1 of St Michael’s Estate, with 75 new homes, was already under way, demolitions were planned for the summer and the family resource centre would be moved. In Dominick st, 65 units were still occupied, demolition would commence later this year and a planning application had been lodged at the end of 2010. In Devaney Gardens, 88 units were occupied, planning permission had been lodged in December and there was approval for demolition. The conditions there were unacceptable, deplorable and people were entitled to live in decent accommodation. Asked by Richard Boyd Barrett (ULA, Dun Laoghaire) about Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), the minister of state told him that PPPs had merits, as witnessed by the successful regeneration of Fatima Mansions, but the market conditions were generally not there for them now. One remaining PPP was in consideration, Charlemont st, granted permission for 180 social housing units earlier in the month.