O'Devaney Gardens tenants wishes must be listened to – Boylan
Sinn Féin and Dublin City Cllr Janice Boylan has tabled a motion before the council that would see the remaining tenants of O'Devaney Gardens housed in alternative accommodation more suited to their needs.
Cllr Boylan said:
“Today at the Housing SPC, I tabled a motion calling on city management to deviate in a reasonable way from the strict scheme of lettings to accommodate the ten remaining tenants of O'Devaney Gardens in alternative accommodation and to also make sure they received a letter of comfort from the Manager saying they would not be legally forced to move.
“The ten remaining tenants have a right to want to remain in the area and community that they grew up in and reared families. Most of them don't even want to move but obviously they have to so we can start building on the land.
“With this in mind, I requested on numerous occasions that the housing management team meet with them and I received that commitment today.
“This meeting will take place during August and the report will be brought to the Dublin central area committee in September for us all to approve.
“I look forward to making sure this is passed and that like other detenanting programmes across the city these families be looked at in the capacity that it is. We can't lose sight of the fact that it is a detenanting programme and some of them don't or didn't ever want to move out of the area.
“By passing this motion today, we proved to the tenants that we are serious about listening to their needs and can start offering them real alternative accommodation. Whether that means including their needs in the plan for 30 units on Infirmary Road which I requested or by purchasing homes in the area they want. Either way, it will be a win-win for the ten remaining.”