Report says state continues to breach council tenants rights

By Aimee Walsh

A REPORT by the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has shown that the State continues to breach council tenants’ rights in Balgaddy.

In October 2017, the ECSR found Ireland to be violating Article 16 of the European Social Charter concerning the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection.

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The ECSR report says the State continues to breach council tenants’ rights in Balgaddy

A new report by the ECSR has shown that the State is still in breach of their Article 16 obligations under the European Social Charter.

The Echo has reported on the conditions in the houses in Balgaddy, with tenants complaining of mould, damp and structural issues.

Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin said that he “welcomed” the report but says it is “disturbing reading”.

“While progress is reported with respect to social housing maintenance, the Government is still clearly in breach of their Article 16 obligations under the Charter”, said Deputy O’Brion.

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Eoin O’Broin, TD

“The Minister for Housing must outline what additional funding will be provided to councils to bring the housing estates referenced in the report, including Balgaddy, to an adequate standard for residents.

“Unfortunately, in Balgaddy many homes were built to a very poor standard during the boom and as the report acknowledges consideration was only been given earlier this year to moving families from the flats ‘suffering from exceptional maintenance issues’ to the ‘next available suitable property’.

“We also need regular standards inspections followed by remediating programme to ensure once the homes are brought up to standard it maintains that standard.

“I will be raising the issues which have been raised in the report with the Minister for Housing and Local Government and South Dublin County Council to make sure the issues in the report are dealt with”, Deputy O’Brion concluded.

The issues in Balgaddy were raised by a committee of councillors at an area committee meeting in January, and South Dublin County Council responded by saying that initiatives for Balgaddy have been “prioritised” such as planned maintenance and estate management enhancement works.

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