A new housing scheme at City Quay is welcomed by local people who say that construction of homes in the inner city is preferable to moving out to the suburbs.

Minister for the Environment Sylvester Barrett is shown the site at Cty Quay Dublin almost one year after the sod was turned by Lord Mayor of Dublin Paddy Belton. 

When completed, this new Dublin Corporation housing scheme will consist of thirty five three-storey houses and six ground floor flats, each with its own front entrance and small back garden. 

Local man William Nelson is also here to see how work is progressing. Along with many others he participated in public protests eight years ago which called for inner city housing in the capital. 

Christy Healy a member of the Save City Quay Parish Committee has long maintained that this model of housing is preferable for inner city areas, instead of Dublin Corporation’s current practice of moving people out to the suburbs. Not only is this expensive, but social problems emerge where amenities are non-existent.

The people, they’re not happy...young wives end up on tranquilizers and what have you.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 January 1980. The reporter is Brendan O’Brien.