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Thursday 26 April 2018

Council: We've nowhere to put residents

Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh speaks to Longboat Quay residents Jennifer Gleeson and her 8-year-old son Joshua before a council meeting at City hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carronand
Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh speaks to Longboat Quay residents Jennifer Gleeson and her 8-year-old son Joshua before a council meeting at City hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carronand
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Dublin City Council has warned it does not have accommodation if hundreds of residents at Longboat Quay end up being evacuated over fire safety concerns.

Chief executive Owen Keegan was speaking at a meeting where councillors unanimously passed an emergency motion supporting the residents.

"We don't have 300 units of accommodation available. We are pushed to the limit to access accommodation for the existing homeless," Mr Keegan said.

The meeting was attended by a number of residents and Sinn Féin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh raised concerns.

"If they become homeless I don't know what we are going to do. Surely to God somebody has to take responsibility," Ms Ní Dhálaigh said.

Resident Nina Buckley told the Independent she has not been able to sleep since the safety fears were raised.

"I can't turn around to my kids and say that everything will be okay, because I don't know if it will be," she said.

"We cannot afford to take out a loan to pay for somebody else's mistakes."

The Longboat Quay Management Company, which is controlled by the residents, last night issued a statement saying they are "bitterly disappointed by the completely inadequate proposals received to date".

The cost of carrying out the work needed to comply with the notice is around €4m. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the receiver for the company which built the development have agreed to offer €2.75m, leaving the 600 residents to pick up the rest of the bill.

This proposal has not been accepted by residents.

Irish Independent

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