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Tuesday 12 December 2017

caroline's wait finally ends for a place to call her home

FOR mother-of-three Caroline Nulty, it has been a long wait for her new home. Catherine (inset) was one of the original residents of St Michael's Estate in Inchicore and is one of 165 new residents of Thornton Heights.

She says she's still "in awe" since she and her family moved into their new three-bedroom home.

And yesterday, she got to show President Michael D Higgins around.

The remainder of the 390 residents left in the flats moved out of St Michael's Estate in April 2003. Only 11 of those have now returned, including the Nulty family.

But regeneration of the old estate didn't happen quick enough for the two eldest of her children, Daniel (21) and Nicole (19), who grew up before the family moved "home".

She said she is looking forward to her son Callum (7) growing up in Thornton Heights.

"It was hard living in St Michael's Estate in the end as people moved out of the blocks and they became derelict.

"But there was a great sense of community here and an awful lot going on. I put 16 years in St Michael's, I was working on the Regeneration Board and going out protesting to make a better future for myself and my kids," she told the Herald.

She said she can't believe the project has finally happened but it doesn't just end with Thornton Heights. She's looking forward to the development of the remaining 12 acres of the old St Michael's site for other housing projects.

"That's what regeneration is all about. It's for the next generation coming up. You want to leave a legacy, something important for kids," she said.

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