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Government must ensure completion of Ballymun Regeneration - Ellis

6 March, 2012 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Dublin North West TD and Sinn Féin housing spokesperson, Dessie Ellis, has called on the Department of the Environment to ensure that the regeneration project in Ballymun will be completed and all families awaiting rehousing will be accommodated as planned. He was speaking following an announcement that the Fine Gael/Labour plan to cut the budget for the project.

Deputy Ellis continued:
“It is believed the budget allocation for the Ballymun Regeneration project could be slashed by millions of euro over the next two years. Many in the community are fearful that the project will not be completed as planned.
“The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government is in negotiation with Ballymun Regeneration Limited (BRL).
“It’s vital that the remaining families, due to be relocated, are not abandoned.
“There needs to be a commitment that those still to be moved will not be affected by any cut in funding.
“The project is due to be completed in 2014 and any delay will be unacceptable to people who have waited so long.
“I am calling on Jan O’Sullivan and her department to do everything they can to ensure that Ballymun Regeneration is completed in the next two years. With around 90 per cent of the work completed we cannot allow the project to come to a halt or be delayed.”

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