Minister Murphy must respond to European Committee Report on State breach of council tenants’ rights - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has said that Minister Murphy must respond to a damning report from the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) which conclude that the State was in violation of Article 16 of the European Social Charter.
The report was on foot of a complaint made to the Committee by residents of local authority estates across the State via the International Federation for Human Rights three years ago.
The estates include Balgaddy in county Dublin, Dolphin House in Rialto, St.Theresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s South Inner City and O Devaney Gardens and Croke Villas in the North Inner City, amongst others.
Article 16 guarantees the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection, which includes the provision of family housing, and the ECSR voted 11 to 1 that there was a violation of this right by the Irish State.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“I have written to Minister Murphy today asking him to respond in full to the conclusion of the ECSR. The Committee stated that: 'The Government has failed to take sufficient or timely measures to ensure the right to housing of an inadequate standard for not an insignificant number of families living in local authority housing'.
“I have also written to the chair of the Housing Committee asking for meeting to be called to discuss the contents of the report and to the Department of Housing’s response to the report and what measures they are undertaking to remedy the problems identified.
“The report referenced that there were problems identified by tenants and others in Balgaddy, in my own constituency of Dublin Mid-West. The committee also acknowledged the evidence put forward on behalf of the communities affected in the case of the issues with social housing developments that include sewage and drainage problems, mould and condensation and fire safety.
“As the TD for the Dublin Mid-West I will be raising the problems associated with Balgaddy with South Dublin County Council.
“Residents, local communities and NGOs have said for years that the housing conditions for some council tenants are unacceptable. The European Committee of Social Rights agrees. The government must now take action.”