Residents fight for basic living conditions
Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30
People living in 20 of the most run-down housing complexes in the country have taken a landmark fight for basic living conditions to Europe.
A Paris-based international human rights body lodged claims on behalf of 130,000 residents in estates in inner-city Dublin and Limerick over sewage problems, persistent leaks, harmful damp and mould after charities at home did not take up the cause.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) filed a 51-page complaint with the Council of Europe accusing the Government of presiding over appalling living standards and failing to meet basic and legal housing requirements.
It also focuses on crime and anti-social behaviour in the complexes and accuses the State of a strategy of deliberate neglect to further run down already dilapidated flat complexes which sit on prime development land.
The complaint alleges discrimination against some of the most vulnerable and poverty stricken communities in Ireland.
It highlights conditions in estates like Dolphin House, St Teresa's Gardens, Charlemont Street and Bridgefoot Street in Dublin's south inner city and O'Devaney Gardens, Dominick St, Croke Villas in the north inner city, among others.
The report also targeted the €3bn Limerick Regeneration scheme for failing to complete promised work in estates like Moyross, Southill, St Mary's Park and Ballinacurra Weston.
The landmark case is being taken under the European Social Charter, a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights.
It alleges that Irish social housing does not comply with housing, social protection and anti-discrimination standards.