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Cllr Janice Boylan slams Minister Kelly’s decision on O’Devaney Gardens

10 March, 2015 - by Janice Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin councillor Janice Boylan has slammed Minister Alan Kelly’s decision to house homeless families in the condemned block of flats in O’Devaney Gardens. The plan involves investing €4.7m in refurbishing the 62 units which will provide a temporary housing solution.

Speaking today Cllr Boylan said:

This decision announced today is one that I myself cannot stand over as it is a clear injustice to the 19 families still living there waiting on either relocation or on a much needed regeneration announcement.

I would be the first person to admit we have a homeless and housing crisis which developed due to the failure of this government and previous ones to build good, affordable homes for people.

We once had a thriving community here that has been decimated by de-tenanting.  

Families who would have stayed, won't see this plan as a good idea. I have people who moved to Finglas looking to come back. I have people living with their parents in overcrowded homes looking to be housed in O'Devaney. Some of these people have spent years on the housing list.

A full regeneration is what's needed for this area. For Dublin City Council and the Department of the Environment to think all that is needed to bring the area back up to a standard is a playground, is a slap in the face for the children and residents left in appalling conditions for years.

How does the Minister think this proposal is going to look to the current residents of O'Devaney, who have been paying rents and finding it nearly impossible to get maintenance issues addressed?

I cannot stress enough my concern for homeless families. However I feel a more comprehensive, cost effective regeneration plan suits this area best.”

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