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Government Proposal to place homeless in derelict flat complexes is a recipe for disaster – Mary Lou McDonald TD

24 January, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Vice President and TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald has said that the proposal under consideration by Minister Alan Kelly to place homeless people in the derelict flat complexes at Croke Villas and O’Devaney gardens is a recipe for disaster.

Deputy McDonald said;

“Any decision by Minister Kelly to use Croke Villas and O’Devaney Gardens to house homeless people would be a very serious step backwards.

“Both flat complexes were to be part of regeneration schemes through Public Private Partnerships, which failed due to the construction Industry collapse in Ireland.  Both complexes required regeneration because of the appalling living conditions of tenants.  Dublin City Council embarked on a de-tenanting scheme of both complexes because they knew that maintenance or refurbishment was not enough to create a safe and healthy living environment.

“In August 2014 The International Federation for Human Rights (a Paris based international human rights body) filed a complaint with the Council for Europe accusing the Irish government of presiding over appalling living standards and failing to meet basic and legal housing requirements.  Both Croke Villas and O’Devaney Gardens were cited along with other flat complexes in Dublin in the damning complaint.

“The complaint alleges discrimination against some of the most vulnerable and poverty stricken communities in Ireland, Minister Kelly is now considering placing homeless families in these same flat complexes. That is not acceptable. Homeless families deserve proper housing. I am calling on him to abandon any such plan.

“Piecemeal gestures or attempts to paper over the cracks will not resolve the homeless crisis. Both O’Devaney Gardens and Croke Villa require proper regeneration, not a cosmetic makeover. If Minister Kelly is serious about addressing the homeless crisis then this is not the way to go about it.”


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