Tuesday 24 October 2017

Environment Minister's intervention results in apartment complex to reopen following long-running rent row

Environment Minister Alan Kelly
Environment Minister Alan Kelly
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Former residents of a €17m Dublin City apartment complex will finally be able to move back into their homes after a long running row over rent costs was brought to an end.

An intervention by Environment Minister Alan Kelly has today resulted in an agreement being struck which will see the complete reopening of Fr Scully House, Independent.ie has learned.

The original Fr Scully House, a complex of 45 senior citizen bedsits, was built in the late 1960s.

It was vacated in 2006 and subsequently demolished.

Construction of a new €17m complex, comprising 99 apartments near the junction of Gardiner Street and Mountjoy Square, was built with 100pc State funding under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS), and was recently completed.

But a row over rent and building costs between the government and the Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) left the residents in temporary accommodation.

Government ministers had expressed outraged that most of the 99 apartments in Fr Scully House remained vacant due to the impasse.

However, Independent.ie has learned that a breakthrough in the case was achieved this morning following an intervention by Environment Alan Kelly.

Sources said that the residents will now be informed that they can return to their homes in the coming weeks.

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