Remember When Gorgeous Living Came To Dublin?

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Launched in March, 2007, at a party attended by Louise and Jamie Redknapp and Alan Hughes, the Belmayne estate in North Dublin was promoted as the last word in hi-tech, hi-sex living.

Absurd billboards appeared showing how your life would change once you dropped the necessary folding stuff.

The firm behind it has since gone bust.

It lay half-empty and even housed some of the evacuated  Priory Hall residents.

And now?

UP TO 300 houses and apartments in a north Dublin housing estate are in need of extensive repair work due to fire safety problems with the structure of the buildings.

The homes in Belmayne are near Priory Hall, the 187-apartment complex which was evacuated four months ago due to fire safety problems.

Some of the affected residents were rehoused in Belmayne by Dublin City Council.

An inspection by the Dublin Fire Brigade’s chief fire officer has revealed defects in the timber- framed construction of the houses which meant the buildings cannot meet fire safety regulations.

Fire Safety Problems Found In 300 Homes On Dublin Estate (Olivia Kelly, Irish Times)

Hundreds More To Be Forced Out Of Their Homes Over Fire Threat (Paul Melia, irish Independent)