Money for work on Gleann Riada welcome but not enough – Ellis
Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis has called for the evacuation of residents of the Gleann Riada estate and a commitment from the state to support fully the essential work that is needed to make homes safe.
He made his comments following news that €200,000 of funding was to be released by the Department of Environment for work on the site.
“The residents and I welcome this move but it is simply not enough.
“Gleann Riada is not suitable for human habitation. It is a danger to people’s health as recognised by the HSE recently and what residents describe as a living hell.
“There have been two explosions in houses due to sewer gas leaks this year and paving stones and fence posts are seeping into the ground due to the wholly inadequate sewerage network.
“Apartments have fire doors but no fire escapes.
“People have been told in November to keep their windows open for ventilation but they are afraid to put on the heating or light a fire for fear of another explosion.
“The residents must be given peace of mind. They must be evacuated from the estate and housed while their homes are made safe. The funding of €200,000 will not do this.
“I welcome the first step by the state to recognise this problem but more needs to be done and soon.”