Residents say mouldy conditions in council homes leading to health problems for kids
Published 29/07/2016 | 16:36
Residents in a Tallaght apartment block have complained that their families’ health is at risk due to the damp and mouldy living conditions in their homes.
The two-storey apartment block in Ard Mor Park is home to ten children and six adults, living in four two-bed apartments.
Three of the families living there told local paper The Echo that they have each made repeated complaints to the council about the problems in their home.
Mum-of-four Angelina Byrne said she has lived in the apartment for seven years, and believes the fungus growing in the rooms has led to her children developing health problems.
“The kids have skin infections, they’re on inhalers, we’ve had to go to hospital for nebulisers. It’s just a ridiculous place to live. Living in conditions like this is just not suitable for anybody,” she said.
The large patches of infection can be seen in the video, and Ms Byrne added that she has had to get antibiotics for her children to clear it up.
“I don’t want my kids being in a hospital on a regular basis for their breathing or a skin infection or god forbid something worse,” she said.
“What if they got pneumonia or something? They’d have to be in hospital for a longer period of time. I don’t want that.”
Another Ard Mor Park resident, Joanna Cummins, said she has lived in the apartment for 16 years and that she first noticed the mould and dampness developing three years ago.
Despite repeated attempts to paint the ceilings and the bathroom, “it just keeps coming back,” she said.
“I’m just concerned for my kids, I don’t want them to be sick or anything. My mum died last year of pneumonia as well. I’m not saying it’s from this but the dampness didn’t help her,” she added.
The video shows black spores growing on the walls, ceilings and windows, and condensation on the walls.
“They ask us to open the windows, we open the windows. They say if there is ventilation it will go away but it is still damp. Especially it gets worse in the winter period,” mum-of-four Grace Falode said.
In Angelina’s apartment, the bathroom ceiling has started to buckle under the mould.
“The bathroom is the worst, my ceiling looks like it’s going to cave in. It’s in the living room and it’s just come into my bedroom as well which it never did before. Something has to be done about it.
“If my kids are having a bath and that caves in, what are we to do?” she said.
She added: “We’re all complaining of the same problem, it can’t be us just making it up.”
A spokesperson for South Dublin County Council told Independent.ie: "The Council will be investigating the latest complaints relating to one block of Ard Mor."
Video courtesy of echo.ie.