Fatima Mansions (housing)

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Fatima Mansions
Location Rialto, Dublin, Ireland
Status Demolished and rebuilt under Public Private Partnership between 2004 and 2007.
Constructed 1949-1951

Fatima Mansions is an extensive public housing complex located in Rialto, Dublin. In recent years it has undergone a substantial urban renewal programme with the assistance of public and private funding.[1] All existing apartment blocks were demolished to make way for 600 accommodation units, consisting of social, affordable and private housing along with community, business and leisure facilities at a cost of €200 million.[2] The blocks have since been renamed Herberton Apartments, but the area is still referred to locally as Fatima.


The original complex, built between 1949 and 1951 by Dublin City Council, consisted of fifteen blocks, each of four floors in height. They replaced tenement housing for the area's working-class residents, and were initially considered a great improvement in living conditions.[3] The area was notorious for its high levels of heroin use and drug dealing[4] which eventually led to the original complex's demolition due to the drug problem's severity.[5]


  1. ^ "Fatima Groups United". The Ireland Funds. 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Housing Regeneration Projects". Dublin City Council. c. 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Corcoran, Mary P. (2006). "Re-Imagining the Built Environment - Place, Community and Neighborhood in the City of Dublin". In Andrew Higgins Wyndham. Re-imagining Ireland. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. University of Virginia Press. pp. 176–182. ISBN 978-0-8139-2544-8. Retrieved 05-11-2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Byrne, Shay (2007). The miracle of Fatima Mansions: an escape from drug addiction. Dunboyne: Maverick House Publishers. pp. ?. ISBN 1-905379-40-4. 
  5. ^ Lyder, André (2005). Pushers Out: The Inside Story of Dublin's Anti-drugs Movement. Bloomington, IN: Trafford Publishing. p. 122. ISBN 1-4120-5099-5.