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O'Devaney Garden residents have a right to decent housing says Adams

17 December, 2008 - by Pat Sheehan

Speaking as he visited O'Devaney Gardens with local Sinn Féin representatives Cllr. Christy Burke and Ruadhán MacAodháin Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA commended the residents for their "resilience" and "determination."

Mr. Adams described the collapse of the public/private regeneration scheme as "disgraceful" and said the housing of people in need should not be "dependent on the vagaries of the market."

Mr. Adams revealed that he has written to the Minister for the Environment John Gormley TD and has called on the Minister, in light of the recent report of the Special Housing Task Force established by Dublin City Council, to commit to ensuring that its plan for the regeneration of St. Michael's estate, Dominic Street and O'Devaney Gardens and Croke Villas go ahead. In his letter Mr. Adams told the Minister: "The government must not prevaricate. Decisive action is required."

Mr. Adams said, "The deplorable state of large parts of O'Devaney Gardens is the visual manifestation of the failure of this and successive governments to do social good with the economic boom of the last decade.

"It is disgraceful that residents here have been condemned to further years of living in substandard accommodation after the public/private partnership process collapsed.

"People have a right to decent housing. Sinn Féin believes it is a fundamental right. It cannot be dependent on the vagaries of the market place.

"The residents of O'Devaney Gardens, like the people of St Michaels in Inchicore and Croke Villas in Ballybough and other areas should not have to live in substandard accommodation in an area afflicted by anti-social behaviour.

"Sinn Féin has listened to the concerns of the residents. We commend their resilience and patience and their determination to rebuild a vibrant community in the heart of the city.

"The Government and the Minister for the Environment in particular need to step in and work with Dublin City Council in making the regeneration scheme a reality." ENDS

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