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Cllr Janice Boylan reissues invite to Minister Kelly to meet residents of O’Devaney Gardens

13 April, 2015 - by Janice Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor Janice Boylan has again called on Minister Alan Kelly to meet the residents of O’Devaney Gardens and witness first-hand what conditions they have been living in for years.

Speaking today Cllr Boylan said:

“Minister Alan Kelly’s decision to refurbish 64 units, already condemned for demolition, for housing homeless families is at odds with the reality of what’s needed for this area.

Any plan for this area needs to be more inclusive and a full regeneration is what must be delivered.

For the Minister to suggest moving vulnerable families, who are currently moving from hotel to hotel waiting on a permanent home, to be moved into an area totally run down because of a failed regeneration scheme is madness.

It’s a clear indication that the Minister hasn’t a clue what O’Devaney Gardens looks like at the moment. He has no idea of the conditions the remaining tenants are dwelling in.

A refurbishment would only allow for the units to be brought back up to an acceptable standard. It would not fix the social problems there at the moment and it would certainly not fix the housing and homeless crisis.

This is a temporary measure and we need permanent solutions.

What we need is for homes to be built.

Good quality and affordable homes should be built on land we already own. 

Minister Kelly needs to wake up to what the reality is, his government and the governments before him failed the people.

They failed to build homes, they failed to introduce rent caps for private landlords and we are in this crisis because they failed to put in place solutions that actually work.

I am calling on all local Cllr’s and TD’s to appeal to Minister Kelly to reverse this plan for O’Devaney and to begin working towards providing homeless families with permanent homes by building on the land in O’Devaney Gardens  in combination with a full regeneration of the area.

This will allow for mixed tenure which in turn will encourage and promote a mixed social setting. This is exactly what was promised and is exactly what needs to be delivered."

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