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Sunday 4 December 2016

Lord Mayor slams delays in facelift of city flats complex

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh
Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh

The Lord Mayor of Dublin has hit out at delays to the planned regeneration of St Teresa's Gardens.

The housing complex, built in the 1950s, is due to undergo a major facelift, with the construction of 50 new housing units.

The Dublin City Council (DCC)-owned housing block is to be redeveloped under a €12.5m plan more than a decade after residents were first promised a regeneration under a public-private partnership scheme which later collapsed.

The current regeneration was due to be complete by mid-2017, but the timeline has slipped.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, who sits on the board, said that the delays are "frustrating" for tenants.

"I'm frustrated that all the timelines keep slipping - and it's extremely frustrating for the residents who are still living there," she told the Herald.

"Some of the residents who wanted to stay have given up and they're leaving. It's very important that the council deliver on those timelines."

"It's very worrying, because what we are trying to do is instil confidence in the community that the regeneration is going to happen.

"Each time a deadline is missed, there is a terrible sense of 'this is not going to happen', and that's what we don't want.

"We want the community to stay as a community and move into their new apartments."

The demolition, which is now underway, was delayed when the contractor appointed pulled out - but it is due to be completed within six weeks, according to the Lord Mayor.

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There is no timeline at the moment for the demolition of the remaining blocks, Ms Ni Dhalaigh added.

DCC did not respond to queries on the progress of the work when contacted by the Herald.

Meanwhile, local community worker Michael Conlon has been appointed to the regeneration board.

"I'm looking forward to being able to make a valuable contribution to St Teresa's regeneration," he said.

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