HISTORICAL TIMELINE (1985 - 2016)


ST MICHAELS ESTATE REGENERATION PROCESS & PROJECT


1985

FAMILY RESOURCE PROJECT WAS FOUNDED

St. Michael's Estate Family Resource Centre Community Development Project was founded. This project has played a key role in this process.

1986

BLOCKS COMMITTEE WAS SET UP

St. Michaels Estate Blocks Committee was set up (Local Residents Group)

1997

TASK FORCE WAS ESTABLISHED

Establishment of the St. Michaels Estate Task Force - Integrated Structure

March 1998

CONSULTATION PROCESS ON FUTURE OPTIONS BEGINS

Consultation Process on Preferred Future Options for St.Michael's Estate was commissioned by the St.Michaels Estate Task Force.

The outcome concluded that over 64.7% of people wanted the flats to be demolished and to be replaced by traditional houses with front and back gardens. A key factor in this was that the drugs situation was out of control and that there was a sense of hopelessness. People also wanted more control over their own homes.

1999

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL DRAFT FIRST PLANS & PHASE 1 OF 2 DEVELOPMENTS COULD START

First plan put on the table by Dublin City Council for consultation. This was hijacked by a counter proposal being put up for consideration by a local prominent football club for the St.Michael's Estate site. Over the next two years, much lobbying took place to counteract this proposal to ensure that the land was retained for social housing. As a result, a new plan was drawn up by Dublin City Council. In order to kick-start the regeneration Dublin City Council purchased two sites adjacent to the estate where Phase 1 which consisted of the building of two developments could start.

Late 2000

SOCIAL HOUSING PLAN VOTED IN - FOOTBALL CLUBS PLAN REJECTED

Councillors voted for the land in St.Michael's Estate to be used for Housing and rejected St. Patrick's Athletic Football club's plans.

December 2000

RESIDENTS VOTE FOR REGENERATION PHASE PROCESS

At an adhoc public organised by the local authority local residents voted for the way the regeneration should be phased for example Phase 1-2-3.

February2001

REGENERATION TEAM ESTABLISHED BY BLOCKS COMITTEE

Blocks Committee established St.Michael's Estate Regeneration Team. This comprises of members from the Blocks Committee, key community and voluntary projects and the Local Drugs Task Force

June 2001

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH NEW PLAN FOR 'ST. MICHAELS MOVING AHEAD' - PHASE 1 & 2

Dublin City Council launched their new plan for ‘St.Michael's Moving Ahead’, outlining their vision for Phase 1 and 2 with some reference to Phase 3 of regeneration of St.Michael's Estate.

October 2001

BUILDING FOR PHASE 1 OF ‘ST. MICHAELS MOVING AHEAD’ BEGINS

Building work begins on the two sites agreed upon for Phase 1

These new developments were Emmet Crescent and Bulfin Court.

November 2001

PHASE 2 & 3 OF 'ST. MICHAELS MOVING AHEAD' COMPLETED BY DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL

Consultation Process on Dublin City Council's ‘St.Michael's Moving Ahead’ plan for Phase 2 and 3 commissioned by the Task Force was completed. The aim of this was to get local residents views on the above plan by Dublin City Council. The main feedback highlighted that people wanted houses with front and back gardens.

August 2002

MASTER PLAN FOR 'ST. MICHAELS MOVING AHEAD' PASSED (subject to design details)

The master-plan titled the ‘St. Michaels Moving Ahead ’ Plan passed subject to issues in relation to design detail being worked out.

November 2002

PHASE 1 COMPLETED & 50 TENANTS HAVE NEW HOMES, INCLUDING 22 SENIOR CITIZENS

22 senior citizens move to their homes in Bulfin Court as part of the Phase 1 of the regeneration. This is a 50-unit scheme and 28 people came from other areas to live in this new community.

January 2003

MASTER PLAN FOR PHASE 2 AWAITING FOR APPROVAL FROM DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT

Detailed Master plan for Phase 2 ‘St. Michael's Moving Ahead’ which was agreed by all the key stakeholders was fully costed and sent to the Department of Environment for approval and a decision has still not been made.

April 2003

EMMET CRESENT WELCOMES 50 FAMILIES

50 families move to new homes in Emmet Crescent as part of Phase 1 of the regeneration of St.Michael's Estate.

April 2003

COMEMERATION FOR THE END OF BLOCKS 1, 2 & 3, as LAST OF RESIDENTS MOVE OUT

Exhibition and Fireworks Display to mark the end of Blocks 1,2,3 and marking the last of the residents moving out. Minister Michael. D. Higgins was the guest speaker along with the City Manager.

September 2003

PHASE 2 MASTER PLAN REJECTED BY DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT

Department of Environment rejects the Master plan for Phase 2 of St.Michael's Estate stating that it is not economically viable to build. This was the plan agreed by all the ‘St. Michael's Moving Ahead Plan’.

April 2004

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SUPPORT ST MICHAELS MOVING AHEAD PLAN

St.Michaels Regeneration Team, a community strategy team, launches a campaign to gain support to get the ‘St. Michael's Moving Ahead plan‘ back on the table.

30th June 2004

DUBLIN CC LAUNCHES NEW PLANS WITHOUT CONSULTING PREVIOUSLY AGREED PLAN

Dublin City Council launches a new Draft Framework Plan to the St. Michaels Estate Task Force. This was crafted behind closed doors without any consultation or reference to the previous agreed plan.

July-Sept 2004

DEMOLITION OF SEVEN BLOCKS

Demolition of seven blocks- Blocks 1,2,3 and 4 senior citizens block.

September 2004

CITY COUNCILLORS VOTE AGAINST NEW DRAFT PLAN

52 Elected City Councillors in Dublin City Council voted against Dublin City Council's Draft Framework Plan.

December 2004

PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP MODEL IMPOSED

Work had to start again. This time Dublin City Council imposed a Public Private Partnership model and the community were informed that it was this or nothing. Some Key Decisions were made in relation to what should be developed on the 14-acre site on which St. Michaels Estate currently stood in order to move the process on. This is again another new start.

April 2005

TASK FORCE WAS DISBANDED

St. Michael's Estate Task Force was disbanded.

May 2005

ST MICHAELS ESTAGE REGENERATION BOARD SET UP

The St. Michaels Estate Regeneration Board was set up. This was a new integrated structure with all the key stakeholders involved.

June 2005

PROSPECTIVE DEVELOPERS SUBMISSIONS OF INTEREST ADVERTISED

Submissions of Interest were advertised in the national papers for prospective developers under Public Private Partnership model.

May 2006

PROJECT BRIEF SENT TO INTERESTED DEVELOPERS

Project Design Brief was sent to developers who expressed an interest

November / December 2006

NEW DEVELOPER EVALUATED BY ASSESSMENT PANEL

Community Reps Participated on the Assessment Panel to choose the new Developer.

January 2007

BERNARD MCNAMARA CHOSEN AS PREFERRED BIDDER

Preferred bidder selected - Bernard McNamara

Negotiations related to the Project Agreement / Contract ongoing during 2007 and early 2008.

May 2008

PEOPLE DEVASTATED AS PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP COLLAPSES

The Public Private Partnership collapsed and Bernard McNamara walked away from the process. This left people devastated.

December 2008

NEW DRAFT FRAMEWORK PLAN PRESENTED BY DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL

The Assistant City Manager from Dublin City Council present another new Draft Framework Plan to the St. Michael's Regeneration Board. This plan outlined a 10-year plan to develop the remainder of the site. The first phase would consist of building on 4 acres and this was to be done in two stages, 2 acres at a time. He reiterated a commitment by Dublin City Council to honour its promise to complete the regeneration of the site.

January 2009

REGENERATION BOOK BY DR. JOHN BISSETT LAUNCHED

A book was launched about the Regeneration of St. Michael's Estate. Regeneration- Public Good or Private Profit by Dr. John Bissett.

June 2009

MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING TOWARDS CONSTRUCTION

As a result of persistent lobbying by the community John Gormley the Minister for the Environment came out to meet the Regeneration Board where he announced funding towards the construction of housing on 2 of the 4-acre site and a Community Childcare Centre.

November 2010

CONSTRUCTION WORK BEGINS ON THORNTON HEIGHTS

Construction Work begins on the 2acre site by BAM Construction. They are to build 75 units of accommodation and a Childcare Centre. Thornton Heights is the name given to this new development.

February 2012

SITE CLOSED DOWN & WORK SUSPENDED. AFTER SUSTAINED LOBBYING WORK RESUMES

Dublin City Council closed down the site and BAM suspended work. There were varying rumours as to what happened ranging from Health and Safety concerns by DCC and additional works being expected of BAM which were not in the original brief. Following sustained lobbying and work behind the scenes work resumed on the site.

2012

CIRCLE VOLUNTARY HOUSING ASSOCIATION TASKED WITH MANAGING THORNTON HEIGHTS

Circle Voluntary Housing Association were given the mandate to manage Thornton Heights.

26th February 2013

BLOCK 4, THE LAST REMAINING BLOCK IS DEMOLISHED

The demolition of the last remaining block in St. Michael's Estate (Block 4).

June 2013

PERSPECTIVE TENANTS FOR THORNTON HEIGHTS INTERVIEWED

Initial interviews were held by Circle Voluntary Housing Association for perspective residents moving into Thornton Heights.

December 2013

THE PLAY ‘HISTORY’ IS PRODUCED BY THEATRE CLUB

The play ‘History’ which told the story of the land in St. Michael's Estate is produced. It also told the story of Richmond Barracks and Keogh Square. This was a Public Art Commission by the Regeneration Board and Dublin City Council. The company Theatre Club produced the play.

February 2014

PROSPECTIVE RESIDENTS RECEIVE OFFER LETTERS FOR NEW HOMES

The majority of perspective residents were given their letter of offer for their new home in Thornton Heights.

May 2014

HOME NUMBER AND TYPE ALLOCATED TO NEW RESIDENTS

Residents were allocated their home number and home type.

May 2014

3.4 MILLION EUROS DESIGNATED TO REFURBISHING 2 BUILDING

3.4 million euros has been designated by government to refurbish two buildings which were part of Richmond Barracks where the 1916 leaders were held prior to their detention and execution in Kilmainham Jail. The Inchicore/Kilmainham Heritage Group, local politicians and the St. Michael's Regeneration Board all played a key role in making the case for this and in securing the funding.

3rd June 2014

RICHMOND BARRACKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE INAUGERAL MEETING TAKES PLACE

The inaugural meeting took place of the Richmond Barracks Advisory Committee. This group is a collaboration of Community, Historical, Heritage, Educational interests and Dublin City Council.

July 2014

C.E.O & CHAIRMAN LEAVE ST MICHAELS REGENERATION BOARD

The C.E.O. and the chairman leave the St.Michael's Regeneration Board.

August 2014

RESIDENTS MOVE TO NEW HOMES AT THORNTON HEIGHTS

Residents moved into their new homes in Thornton Heights.

September 2014

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THORNTON HEIGHTS

Official Opening of Thornton Heights by President Michael D. Higgins and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke. This development Provides 75 high quality homes and a new Childcare Centre. This was funded by the Department of the Environment.

Sept-Dec 2014

NEW PROJECT WORKER FOR REGENERATION BOARD NEGOTIATIONS & RECRUITMENT

Negotiations and recruitment of a new Project Worker for St.Michael's Regeneration Board. Funding has been cut and this role is part-time and with no administration support. This funding has also come with new conditions most notably to wider the structure.

December 2014

EAMON DEVOY APPOINTED NEW CHAIRMAN FOR ST MICHAELS REGENERATION BOARD

New Chair appointed for the St.Michael's Regeneration Board, Eamon Devoy

June 2015

REGENERATION BOARD GROWS TO BECOME ST MICHAELS & INCHICORE REGENERATION BOARD

Following conditions set down by Dublin City Council in terms of access for future funding and participation St.Michael's Regeneration Board widens its brief and structure. It is now the St.Michael's and Inchicore Regeneration Board.

2nd May 2016

NEWLY REFURBISHED RICHMOND BARRACKS OPENS

Official opening of the newly refurbished Richmond Barracks in Inchicore. This is one of seven permanent reminders to mark the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.

27th June 2016

RICHMOND BARRACKS OFFICIALLY OPENED TO THE PUBLIC

Richmond Barracks is officially opened to the public.

27th June

FINAL MEETING OF THE ST MICHAELS / INCHICORE REGENERATION BOARD

Final meeting of the St. Michael's/ Inchicore Regeneration Board 2016

July 2016

FORMER CHAIRMAN OF REGENERATION BOARD, FINBAR FLOOD DIES

The Former Chairman of the St.Michael's Regeneration Board Finbar Flood Dies R.I.P.

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PROTEST 9TH JUNE 2008 (Balcony TV)