The second phase of the regeneration scheme for Ballymun in Dublin is launched, with the provision of almost 700 homes for residents.

In spite of setbacks the 10 year Ballymun regeneration scheme is on schedule. Work on 560 homes from phase one of the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2001.

After years of living on the fourth floor of a flat in Shangan Avenue, Liz Johnson is looking forward to moving into her new home.

When you've your own house with your front garden and back garden, there’s more a sense of ownership I think, and identity and people will feel they’d have more control over their environment.

The Minister for the Environment Noel Dempsey unveiled the next step in the £1.5 billion scheme. Phase two will provide 671 homes located in Santry Avenue, Balcurris Park, Balbutchet Lane and Silloge. Clarke Tower, MacDermott Tower and flats at Balcurris Road and Silloge Avenue will be demolished.

Residents will be rehoused in architecturally designed homes with extensive landscaping. In the meantime, temporary playgrounds have been provided for local children. 

Phase two cannot come quickly enough for resident Roseanna Weldon,

The sooner the better they’re up and the flats pulled down, that’s the way I look at it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 September 2000. The reporter is Vivienne Traynor.