I have read through the entire thread and my impression is that peoples opinions seem to change over time. A lot of negative sentiment seems to have come from the shooting of the mechanic by some kids in 2008.
I am considering renting for a while in East Wall, with a view to buying if I like the area. How do people feel about the place these days?
I see a nice looking playground on Google street view, do mothers with small children in the area feel safe to spend time there during the day. What do people thing of the primary school (St. Joseph's), their website is great and it looks like they have a good mix of kids from different countries and backgrounds.
Do people have trouble with anti-social behavior these days?
Is it possible to walk into East point business park from East Wall without going to Clontarf Road?