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Urgent action required at Dolphin House – Ní Dhálaigh

25 May, 2010


Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh this morning attended and spoke at the meeting of residents at Dolphin House organised to highlight the living conditions in Dublin Corporation flats.

It has been found, by the Irish Human Rights Commission, that UN standards on housing are being breached in Dolphin House.

Councillor Ní Dhálaigh said Dolphin House is by no means unique in these living conditions as only ten minutes down the road residents in St Teresa's Gardens are enduring the same substandard accommodation.

Speaking after the meeting today Councillor Ní Dhálaigh said:

“I and my party are fully behind the residents in their demand for proper living conditions in their complex.

“I have witnessed for myself the conditions of some of the flats where children’s beds are wet from the dampness and wardrobes riddled with mould. I have been fobbed off by council officials stating that it was not dampness but in fact condensation due to the tenants closing up vents or hanging washing on their radiators.

“The findings of the independent inspections carried out on some flats support the resident’s fears that their flats are detrimental to their health. This view is supported by Dr. Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission.

“Dolphin House is by no means unique in these living conditions as only ten minutes down the road residents in St Teresa's Gardens are enduring the same substandard accommodation.

“We need to see an immediate reaction from the Government setting out in detail the action it will take to bring the standard of housing in Dolphin House up to UN standards and to improve the living and health conditions of the residents there and in St. Teresa’s Gardens.

“The Minister for State with responsibility for Housing Michael Finneran must come out to Dolphin House to meet with the residents and assure them that action will be taken.

“There can be no excuse from the Government for inaction on this issue.” ENDS

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