Thursday 8 December 2016

Council may buy Tyrrelstown houses and save residents from streets

No constituency deals on the table as FG bids to form a government

Kevin Doyle and John Downing

Published 23/03/2016 | 10:27

The Cruise Park estate in Tyrrelstown, inset, Twinlite boss Richard Larkin
The Cruise Park estate in Tyrrelstown, inset, Twinlite boss Richard Larkin

Fingal County Council is now considering buying some of the controversial Tyrrelstown properties where renters are being faced with being put out because the homes were taken over by the Twinlite company.

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Acting Environment Minister has told the Dail that the local authority had been in talks with the developer on the matter and a resolution could yet be reached.

He welcomed the attendance of Tyrrelstown residents, who were following the debate from the public gallery, and proposed that certain models of rent controls be implemented.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would appoint a minister for housing if returned to government and would also introduce a housing initiative within four weeks which would form part of a new annual action plan on housing.

Members of the newly formed Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group are demanding more assurances and urging Government action against so-called vulture funds
Members of the newly formed Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group are demanding more assurances and urging Government action against so-called vulture funds

Fingal County Council today confirmed it is in talks with the developer of the Tyrrelstown properties.

“We had an approach from the developer a number of weeks ago. Fingal indicated they were interested in purchasing some houses in the development if the developer was open to that,” said Margaret Geraghty, director of housing in Fingal.

Petra Nacinova, resident, at a meeting of residents from Cruise Park in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, who are facing eviction from their rented homes. Picture: Arthur Carron
Petra Nacinova, resident, at a meeting of residents from Cruise Park in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, who are facing eviction from their rented homes. Picture: Arthur Carron

“The housing association, with our support, has been in contact with the developer and further discussions should be allowed to happen.

“At this point in time contact with the developer is ongoing. The asset is still for sale. Fingal County Council has not walked away from this situation. We are open to purchasing a number of units in this development  and finding some resolution if the developer is open to that and everything else is in order,” she told RTE radio.

Meanwhile, efforts were continuing today between Fine Gael and a number of Independents in negotiations aimed at building a minority government.

Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney conceded at a meeting of the party last night that there would be no ‘Dart to Dingle’ type deals with individuals but instead they will make a series of policy promises in five key areas: health, housing, homelessness, rural affairs and disabilities.

“They made the point that there are too many independent TDs to be engaging in auction politics and that the talks will be more policy driven from here on,” said a source.

Mr Kenny’s office was last night drawing up official invitations that will be sent out to up to 16 TDs to invite them to “structured discussions”.

The first meeting was scheduled for 10am today after five rural independent TDs said they want to “intensify discussions” with Fine Gael in the hope of forming a government “in the national interest”.

Michael Collins, Noel Grealish, Michael Harty, Mattie McGrath and Denis Naughten issued a joint statement saying that having met with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail over the last 12 days, they believe Mr Kenny is “seriously determined to form a government” and his party “is in the driving seat”.

Negotiations

The announcement is a serious blow to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, who faced criticism at a meeting of his parliamentary party yesterday.

A number of newly-elected TDs, including Lisa Chambers and Anne Rabbitte, hit out at what they described as the lack of communications within the party.

It was noted that most TDs learned of the Fianna Fail team which is leading the negotiations for government through the media.

It was claimed that the party leadership had gone to ground while Fine Gael was allowed to repeatedly attack them in the media for engaging on government talks.

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