Residents welcome news of a four million pound refurbishment programme for the Ballymun flats complex in Dublin.

Some 17,000 people live in the sprawling tower blocks at Ballymun in Dublin. In 1987 a group of residents created the Ballymun Task Force with the aim of improving the living conditions and the lives of the people of Ballymun.

Their work has been rewarded with Minister for the Environment Pádraig Flynn approving in principle, a four million pound refurbishment programme. The first phase of the scheme will involve the upgrading of 282 flats at Plunkett Tower and Balbutcher Lane. But before the pilot scheme can begin, Dublin Corporation must provide costs and technical data. 

Task Force secretary Tony Moriarty says most of the refurbishment work is required in the communal area of the blocks. Phone entry systems are needed at the entrance of each block, balconies need to be cleaned, sealed and painted and some windows and window frames need replacing.

Many Ballymun residents are fiercely house proud and some have lived there since the beginning with Gerard Kelly saying,

If the Corporation offered me a three bedroom house in Foxrock, I would say no. I'm happy in me flat and I'm going to stay here and that’s it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 July 1988. The reporter is Alan McCullough.