23 June 2010
Dublin's Dolphin House breaches UN standards
A meeting of residents at Dolphin House, organised to highlight the living conditions in Dublin Corporation flats, was told this week that that UN standards on housing are being breached in Dolphin House.
Councillor Criona Ní Dhálaigh attended and spoke at the meeting, and said Dolphin House is by no means unique in these living conditions. She pointed out that only ten minutes down the road residents in St Teresa’s Gardens are enduring the same substandard accommodation.
“I have witnessed for myself the conditions of some of the flats where children’s beds are wet from the dampness and wardrobes riddled with mould,” she said. “I have been fobbed off by council officials stating that it was not dampness but in fact condensation due to the tenants closing up vents or hanging washing on their radiators.
Ní Dhálaigh said the findings of the independent inspections carried out on some flats support the resident’s fears that their flats are detrimental to their health. This view is supported by Dr. Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission.
“We need to see an immediate reaction from the Government setting out in detail the action it will take to bring the standard of housing in Dolphin House up to UN standards and to improve the living and health conditions of the residents there and in St. Teresa’s Gardens,” the Sinn Féin Councillor said after the meeting.
“The Minister for State with responsibility for Housing Michael Finneran must come out to Dolphin House to meet with the residents and assure them that action will be taken.”
A full report on the meeting and the conditions in Dolphn’s House will appear in next week’s paper.
Dolphin House: The flats are detrimental to resident’s health
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