Ellis welcomes second tranche of money for Gleann Riada works
Sinn Fein spokesperson for Housing Dessie Ellis TD has welcomed news that a further €360,000 has been secured by Longford County Council to carry out work on the unsafe Gleann Riada estate. The money comes a weeks after a tranche of €200,000 euro was secured from the Department of the Environment last week.
Deputy Ellis continued:
"Of course we must welcome this development.
Residents of Gleann Riada have been campaigning hard for their concerns to be treated with the seriousness they deserve. Their homes have been described as dangerous by the HSE and are not suitable current for habitation.
“I visited the site in recent months and was shocked and disturbed by what I saw. These families are living in fear, with two explosions in the last twelve months and many people feeling ill, their children missing school.
“I commend Longford County Council on securing a developers bond of €360,000 to carry out work on Gleann Riada estate.
Recently a survey has been carried out to ascertain the extent of the problems on the estate and I hope that work will start soon to make the estate safe and habitable.
“I would restate my opinion and the opinion of residents though that while this estate, which received planning from the County Council, under the Department of Environment, is unsafe the state has a duty of care to protect these families and they must be evacuated.
“Families cannot be expected to live on a building site with a history of unexpected explosions, where they have been advised to keep windows open and are afraid to light a fire. This would be unreasonable at any time of year but coming into December it is inhumane."