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Another Public/Private Partnership housing scheme collapses

10 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke has learned that another Public/Private Partnership housing scheme has collapsed in the Capital. Councillor Burke learned this afternoon that the private developer associated with the proposed redevelopment of Croke Villas in Ballybough has pulled out of the scheme. The Dublin City Councillor described the news as a "devastating blow" to the over one hundred families affected.

Cllr. Burke said, "I learned this evening that the developer associated with the redevelopment of Croke Villas has abandoned the scheme. This has left over one hundred families high and dry. It is a devastating blow -- especially coming as it does on top of Christmas. In effect the residents of Croke Villas have been led up the garden path for the last two years by the Council and this private developer. It's a disgrace.

"It shows the folly of such schemes and I believe a serious rethink is needed in relation to all other such schemes. It is clear that public/private partnership just does not work. This is the fourth such scheme to be abandoned in the recent past and along with it the hopes of the long suffering residents of these areas.

"I am calling for the Council to immediately include the Croke Villas scheme under the terms of reference of the task force set up to deal with the other collapsed schemes. It is crucial that the Minister for the Environment and Government step in and shore up the yawning gap that now exists in terms of funding." ENDS

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