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GAMA construction now under fire over south Dublin housing defects

1 April, 2005

GAMA contruction, currently at the centre of controversy over its treatment of Turkish workers has now been severly criticised by Sinn Fein over its treatment of the residents of Buirg an Rí estate in Balgaddy, South Dublin.

A survey conducted by local Sinn Féin members has revealed a catalogue of problems with houses built by GAMA. Sixty respondents of a possible eighty have listed individual grievances ranging from major cracks, damp, leaks, draughts, lack of water, electrical faults, heating and plumbing etc. They also identified general issues such as a lack of a safe play area, no phone lines, inadequate parking facilities, dangers to children from traffic, dust and noise from adjacent building sites.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor Shane O‚Connor said: "GAMA's treatment of Turkish workers is matched only by its contempt for residents of this estate. GAMA built the social housing estate under contract to South Dublin County Council. Occupation of the dwellings began in early 2004. Only a handful of grievances of residents has been remedied throughout this period.

"I am calling on the Council to force GAMA to respond to residents‚ concerns and to refuse to take the Estate into charge until all outstanding defects are corrected. Contractors must be made to meet appropriate standards and to observe proper procedures. GAMA construction have other works in hand and it is important that these experiences are not repeated."

Councillor O‚Connor has also asked the County Manager to meet, as a matter of urgency, with representatives of the residents and has pledged Sinn Fein‚s ongoing support to Buirg an Rí residents in their fight to end this intolerable situation."ENDS

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