Monday 27 March 2017

Kelly wants tax money used on Longboat bill

Alan Kelly wants some of Dublin City Council's property tax income to go towards repairing the homes at Longboat Quay
Alan Kelly wants some of Dublin City Council's property tax income to go towards repairing the homes at Longboat Quay

Martin Grant

Dublin City Council (DCC) was silent last night on proposals to fund fire-safety repairs at Longboat Quay from property tax receipts.

As many as 900 residents at the docklands complex face evacuation if €4m in repairs are not started by the end of the month.

It emerged yesterday that Environment Minister Alan Kelly wants some of DCC's local authority's property tax income to go towards repairing the homes.

Officials in his department believe that DCC will retain around €50m in receipts from the tax, even after councillors voted to cut it by 15pc.

The council did not respond to a request last night for comment on the proposal.

Nor did the Longboat Quay management company, which represents residents.

One apartment owner, Nina Buckley, said she did not believe DCC funding repairs out of its property tax take was the right solution to the problem.

She said it was wrong that taxpayers' cash would be used to "fix someone else's mistake".

"I don't think it's the ideal solution. It's still not solving the problem.

"If they use that money to pay for here, there are still other issues around other areas, so they would be setting a precedent... they would have to pay out for every other apartment block that is in the same position," Ms Buckley said.

She was speaking after what she described as a "productive meeting" with the mortgage campaigner David Hall, who has previously worked with residents of the Priory Hall firetrap apartments on the northside of the city.

Mr Hall described the situation at Longboat Quay as a "major problem".

Irish Independent

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