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WORKS: DIT construction causing headaches for residents

residents living near to the development of the new DIT Grangegorman campus said building work is having an impact on their quality of life.

The campus is scheduled to open to students on September 8, but residents in the area are up in arms over the level of disturbance they are enduring.

"The work starts at 7am and doesn't finish until 7pm. There's drilling going on one metre from my kitchen and the glasses in the presses are rattling," said Noel Kinsella whose home is at the site perimeter.

Another resident, Mary Creaven, whose property is also on the perimeter wall, told the Herald, that her windows are constantly being covered in a layer of black dust, caused by fumes coming from the machinery on the site.

Difficult

"I have to wash the black dust off my windows regularly and the washing on my clothes line gets dirty," Ms Creaven said.

Furthermore, her son, who is a nurse, cannot stay at his mother's home during the week when he is on night-duty, because he is not able to sleep with the noise coming from the Grangegorman works.

"It's noise pollution and it's extremely, extremely difficult to live here," she added.

Mr Kinsella, who has been living in his home for 60 years, had an extension built 30 years ago and has never had any problems with it, but last week rain water began leaking down the inside of the wall.

"I cannot say that the heavy vibrations are or are not causing it, but we have never had a leak before," Mr Kinsella stated.

A spokesman for the Grangegorman Development Agency (GGDA), when asked about the impact of the building on Mr Kinsella's home said: "We have no reason to believe that the leak in his extension was caused by the work onsite."

The spokesman for the GGDA also said that a "vibration monitor" was placed on the property of Mr Kinsella and that "nothing above maximum permitted levels were observed".

MINIMUM

"The Grangegorman Development Agency works with all of the contractors onsite and with the surrounding community to ensure that there is minimum impact on the surrounding neighbourhood," he added.

Mr Kinsella also explained that while he and his wife are both retired, his neighbours have to leave for work an hour earlier because they cannot sleep past 7am with the drilling.

Lee Stott, who has lived on Grangegorman Road Lower for the last 17 years and has a number of young children, is concerned about the road-works being carried out on their street and the safety of his kids.

"There are trucks coming up and down the whole time and traffic is getting heavier because it's being diverted down here. My kids can't play out on road," Mr Stott said.

Another resident, whose home is close to the perimeter of the site, said she couldn't continue to live like this.

"I work from home but the noise is just so bad I'm going to have to start considering options," Marianne Lee said.

"I've already moved from the front to the back of the house and this isn't a two year project this is a several year project. There is going to be more than 20,000 students here," she added.

"I just can't go on like this."

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