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Dan Grennan

'Win' for tenants of 'uninhabitable' council flats fighting for demolition

Vacant flats in a run down council housing complex will not be filled until the entire complex is "regenerated".

Residents of Glovers Court, which was built in 1976, have been fighting for years to have the complex torn down and rebuilt due a large number of issues. The flats are just off Aungier Street in the city centre.

The residents say sewage comes up drains - including into some residents' kitchens, rat infestations are regular, mould is common and people use the entrance to the complex as a toilet.

Glovers Court residents have been fighting for years for the complex to be torn down and rebuilt. To their dismay, Dublin City Council were recently considering moving new tenants into vacant flats after they were refurbished.

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However, Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for housing Coilin O'Reilly told the residents the eight empty flats will not be put into use until the entire complex is "regenerated".

It is unclear what DCC means by "regenerated" but further details and a timeline is expected next week.

In an email, which was seen by Dublin Live, Mr O'Reilly said: "We have reviewed the situation in Glovers Court and I am taking the opportunity to put in writing to you that we will not be renovating or tenanting the currently vacant units in Glovers Court before regeneration happens.

"Regarding the form of that regeneration we are still discussing that but will be back to you late next week with a decision and an indicative timeline."

Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn said it was a "great win" for the tenants of Glovers Court.

He said: "This is a great win and fantastic news for the residents in Glovers Court who have been for decades fighting and struggling with the dilapidation of their apartments and blocks.

"It is basically a building which is unfit for habitation. There is massive anti-social behaviour and so it is very significant.

"You can't be bringing people into mouldy flats on the understanding you are doing a small little paint job on them.

"There are children in these blocks who will have life long injuries in their lungs. My hope would be that these buildings would be pulled down and reconstituted and remade.

"I just don't believe that rehabbing these buildings when they are in such a bad way would be a ridiculous scenario."

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