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Croke Villas Flats residents, Yvonne McManus, Jacqueline Brennan and Gerald Meleady.

Croke Villas Flats residents, Yvonne McManus, Jacqueline Brennan and Gerald Meleady.

Croke Villas Flats residents, Yvonne McManus, Jacqueline Brennan and Gerald Meleady.

The last remaining residents of three dilapidated blocks of council flats beside Croke Park said they were "overjoyed" at a deal to give them new homes.

For several years, the flats were destined for demolition as tenants were moved out.

The remaining residents endured prolonged delays and disappointments as re-development plans kept being changed or postponed.

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Mother-of-three Yvonne McManus (45) said she was "over the moon" at the prospect of moving into a new house.

She said she felt ashamed when sports fans walked past and saw the desolate conditions of her building. Some strangers would use the open staircases as toilets, she said.

"We've had to put up with robbed cars being rallied around our streets and being burned out," she said.

"We've suffered enough but this news feels like winning the Lotto," said Jacqueline Brennan (41).

She and her two young daughters live in one of the last two occupied flats in an old 38-unit block at Croke Villas.

"We've had to put up with terrible damp. Also, we've had addicts and others invading the flats," said Jacqueline, which results in drug paraphernalia and human excrement on the public stairs. Residents remember being told as long ago as 15 years ago of plans to build them new houses.

But most the elderly people who were delighted with that news are now dead, she said.

"If any objectors want to delay this new plan, they can come and live in these flats," she added.

Gerald Meleady (57) said it was time for an end to the waiting.

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