St Patrick’s Estate in Ballina has had serious problems with rat infestation and antisocial behaviour, and was described as “hell” by residents who have spent years campaigning for funding. Announcing €12.9m in funding for a regeneration scheme over three years, Housing Minister Michael Finneran said “the community is hurting” and “it needs a lifeline and it needs it now”.
Three rundown estates in south Dublin: Cushlawn in Tallaght, and Greenfort and Shancastle in Clondalkin, will also undergo regeneration with a further €17m in funding announced under the Remedial Works Scheme. Intimidation of residents in Shancastle was raised at a recent council meeting.
There will also be projects in Boyce’s Street, Cork city, St Mary’s Crescent in Fermoy and a number of houses in Boyle, Co Roscommon. Parkview Estate in Charlestown in Co Mayo will also undergo remedial work.
Limerick areas will also get new social housing as part of the €94m in capital investment around the country. These include Clyde House, which will get €12.6m, Cherry Avenue, Caherdavin, which will get €415,000 and Ballinruane in Kilmeedy which gets €177,850.
Mr Finneran said priority is being given to the most run down estates. “The social housing model that created this estate has failed. I strongly believe, however we can fix these mistakes,” he said.
St Patrick’s has 75 houses and a quarter are empty. It was described by a local representatives as “reminiscent of third-world conditions”. Residents Association chairwoman Jean Brown said: “We have had to go through hell and back for this... the announcement today means a new lease of life.”