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Government must intervene in regeneration projects – Ó Snodaigh

20 May, 2008


Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on the government to intervene to guarantee the completion of any regeneration projects affected by the withdrawal of the private side of the public private partnerships.

Speaking at a press conference in Dublin today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Sinn Féin had warned that Public Private Partnerships were over reliant on private developers who would not be around once the housing market dropped and this has proven to be the case. The government must now step into the builders shoes and ensure that the houses are built on time and that the regeneration of these areas of severe disadvantage occurs.

"This situation highlights the need for a change in government policy to ban the use of Public Private Partnerships for such basic requirements as public housing projects. Because of this reliance on PPPs hundreds of families are now waiting in unsuitable accommodation for the completion of their homes.

"The Minister for state with responsibility for Housing Michael Finneran needs to make a statement on this matter. The Government has been very quiet on this issue and the people affected need to know what's going on.

Also speaking today Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhalaigh, who is a member of the St. Michael's Regeneration Board said, "It is vital that the investment by the community in preparation for the regeneration is not wasted. This is the third time that the people of St. Michael's Estate have been let down.

"The Public Private arrangements were forced against their will on the people of St. Michael's by former Minister Martin Cullen. They were told that this would ensure the quickest delivery of their regeneration project yet they have been let down once again.

Sinn Féin Leader on Dublin City Council Councillor Christy Burke called on the Minister with responsibility for Housing Michael Finneran to visit O'Devaney Gardens in his constituency to see for himself the conditions the people of that area have to live in.

He said, "I would like to see the Minister with responsibility for Housing Michael Finneran to visit O'Devaney gardens to see for himself the conditions the people there have to live in." ENDS

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