The redevelopment of the Ballymun estate, including demolition of the tower and spine blocks and their replacement with new housing, is to be carried out as part of an integrated strategic plan for the economic and social regeneration of the Ballymun area as a whole. In June 1997 Dublin Corporation established a new company, Ballymun Regeneration Limited, which has responsibility for the preparation and implementation of the strategic plan. The board of the company has an independent chairman and includes an equal number of representatives of the elected members of Dublin Corporation, senior officials of the corporation and the local community. The Eastern Health Board, the Ballymun Area Partnership and the private sector are also represented.
I understand that, following public advertisements, the company has engaged consultants to assist in the preparation of the strategic plan on which work has commenced. The phasing of the demolition of the tower and spine blocks and their replacement with new housing will be addressed in that process which will include extensive consultation with, and the involvement of, the local community.