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Balgaddy damp reaches crisis levels – Cllr Eoin Ó Broin

23 March, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin

Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called for ‘urgent action’ from South Dublin County Council as damp levels in homes in Balgaddy has reached ‘crisis levels’. Councillor Ó Broin has called on the Council to request HSE Environmental Health Inspections on 13 property’s in Meile an Ri, Tor an Ri and Buirg an Ri that have experienced persistent damp.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘For years a significant number of residents living in Balgaddy have been complaining about persistent damp and mould in their council homes.

‘The Council has carried out inspections of these properties and undertaken some remedial work. However they continue to deny that the damp and mould are the result of the poor quality of the buildings themselves.

‘Instead the Council blame the residents citing ‘lifestyle issues’ such as overuse of washing machines and dryers and failure to use existing ventilation.

‘However we know from an independent engineers report in 2011 that the poor quality of the building work created a higher than normal level of dampness in houses in Balgaddy.

‘Unfortunately the Council is in denial. This situation is no longer acceptable.

‘I have forwarded a list of 13 houses and apartments to the Council asking them to request the HSE’s Environmental Health Officer to conduct inspections as a matter of urgency. The result of these inspections should them be presented to the Council for discussion.

‘There are potential health risks to adults and children living in accommodation with persistent damp and mould. It is simply not good enough for the Council to tell families to open their windows and wash the mould down with bleach.

‘The Council needs to address the structural causes of the damp, if this requires extra funding to be sought from Government then the Council should approach the Department of Environment.

‘Families should not be left living in houses with persistent damp and mould because of poor building quality.’

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