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Councillor Reilly welcomes decision to move Pyrite affected families into vacant apartments in Ballymun

9 September, 2015

Ballymun Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly has welcomed the long awaited decision to move families affected by Pyrite into vacant apartments in Shangan, Ballymun.

She said,

“I put a question to the manager at the September council meeting on Monday night regarding vacant apartments in Ballymun.

I have been informed there are 14 vacant apartments in Shangan Ballymun and I am pleased to hear that these will be used to provide temporary accommodation to those residents that will be required to vacate their homes in Carton and Owensilla while pyrite remedial works commence.

These families have been waiting over 5 years and quite frankly I don’t know why they haven’t been dealt with sooner.”

She further added,

“Last July after much pressure the council released a further 25 vacant apartments in Ballymun to house homeless families on a temporary basis.  These apartments were vacant since 2007.

There are further vacant apartments in Forestwood, Ballymun which should also now be used to provide temporary accommodation.

With the council spending €4,550,375 up until June on hotel rooms it makes no sense to have any vacant apartments across Dublin.

I am calling on the council to cut the red tape and release all these apartments without delay and when all remedial works are completed to transfer them to the social housing list.”

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