Dublin City Council announces plans to regenerate the city centre with new homes for families.

Newly appointed City Manager John Tierney is due to present his first budget to councillors at the end of the month.

€4 billion will on on the redevelopment of Fatima Mansions in the south city and other estates. They'll be replaced by new housing due to be completed by 2016.

Three thousand social housing units will be rebuilt along with eight thousand affordable homes. This is in addition to the city council's current commitment to provide 11,700 homes in the city area.

John Tierney also announced that the council is considering regulations to make privately built apartment complexes more family friendly. The council says it regrets allowing too many one bedroom units to be completed in the city.

We are working to increase the density within the central area and also to make it a more attractive area for family living as well.

Dublin County Council also say that the area between Grafton Street and Henry Street could accommodate 2.5 million square feet of new retail developments. A large proportion of this would include the proposed Arnott's development. They are also considering making South Great George's Street to Dawson Street an area of architectural conservation with new pedestrian routes and squares.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 November 2006. The reporter is John Kilraine.