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Finally... eyesore housing blocks could soon bite dust

THE demolition of the last 100 flats at the rundown St Michael's Estate in Inchicore has been given the go-ahead.

Dublin City Council has agreed to allow the last four blocks of flats at the controversial complex to be knocked.

Residents have been campaigning for years to see the area regenerated.

Now it is hoped funding can shortly be released to allow construction work to begin on a new social housing.

Welcoming the move, Cllr Christy Burke told the Herald: "The residents that are still there have been enduring appalling, Dickensian, Beirut-like conditions."

The regeneration of St Michael's Estate has suffered several setbacks in recent years, especially when troubled developer Bernard McNamara withdrew from a Public Private Partnership agreement with Dublin City Council.

His company had been lined up to carry out redevelopment works at St Michael's and at other estates in the city, including O'Devaney Gardens.