Wednesday October 18th, 2006
Evictions, the vulnerable in Dublin 4 written by Michelle Clarke
There is a very saying. “Come progress, come poverty”.
During the last census in Ireland, people phoned into the Joe Duffy Liveline show. They outlined the wealth and the illusion of the everlasting Tiger but people doing the census forms told Joe Duffy of the poverty they experienced in many houses on their rounds.
Two weeks ago I was walking with my dog on the Canal, off Baggot Street, when I saw a lady in distress sitting on a park bench crying – I stopped to speak to her and listened intently to her story. The lady told me come October 10th at 10.00 p.m. the Sheriff was coming on behalf of the landlord with an order of ejection.
It intrigued me that the word ‘EVICTION’…..is not being used these Celtic Tiger days. I took some particulars from the lady and made no promises. Two days later I met a barrister friend of mine. He asked me how long she lived in her flat. I said 27 years. He replied she has rights under the 1980 Act section 17.
I made some more inquiries. The lady has mental health problems and phobias e.g. she will not open her post. She has no electricity for 5 years in the heartland of Georgian Dublin 4.
I ask tonight where are the Government agencies to support this lady who is vulnerable in relation to mental health. Who protects the Vulnerable?
On a Wednesday evening I phoned 4 government agencies. In this I include Threshold, Social Services, Citizen Rights Bureau, Baggot Street Community Welfare/HSE. The answers were all similar – “it is too late we cannot help”. But what intrigues me most is that nobody mentioned the 1980 Act.
Now with three heads together we then phoned the solicitors on behalf of the Landlord – we spent a long time negotiating the cancellation of the Ejection Order which was to happen in 4 days. They lady now has a reprieve until the middle of January. The Ejection Order was cancelled.
This woman and her little dog have a roof over their head for Halloween and Christmas.
We got the Ejection order because this lady feared opening her post for two years.
Where is the new Disability Bill? I ask this question tonight to Enda Kenny, to Pat Rabitte, Joe Higgins, David Norris, and above all I ask An Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern and also to Minister McDowell who represents this Constituency and who is Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform.
What really saddened me was the week before her ejection she was full of anxiety and stress. In tears she tried to access a Government Agency, on a Tuesday evening, but she was refused by the door porter because she simply did not have her PRSI number or id.
I am not a lawyer but could someone out there clarify this lady’s rights in January. Many houses are being revamped in Dublin 4 – progress, greed and money but morally this lady has rights above all these things within the terms of the Constitution of Ireland.
Ignoring history – below is the quotation selected
This quotation to me personally goes back to our Famine, our emigration, our coffin ships, our civil wars and the conflict in the North of Ireland. Now we have wealth and the illusion it will never end……
‘Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it’
George Santayana 1803-1852
Spanish Born Philosopher
Friday December 29th, 2006
Georgian houses owners allowed them become so dilapidated
by Michelle Clarke (aka Jack Russell)
Thankfully all people in the house in Mountjoy Square are reported to be safe. Apparently the house was sublet into flats, with an insufficient hall door to stop people entering and sleeping in the house at a substantial risk to others.
How many of these houses have we? Why? Who owns them? Who is responsible for the tenants rights and those of the landlords? I suggest it is just a hazy form of agreement that alleviates the Government from building houses in line with social demand.
This is unjust.
If people had died last night, would we know? If this happens in any of these run down properties of landlords often held in private companies, would we know?
A Prime Time programme team researched the property market talking to auctioneers and management companies before Christmas.
The Celtic Tiger engaged in a massive construction programme in the 1990’s. The ideas, the plans existed based on similar projects in other countries, so blocks of apartments now adorn our cities, and towns; they are everywhere but the secret has yet to unfurl about co-operation and management companies and the effective running of apartments schemes and housing estates.
Everyone ought to beware of no legislation therefore inadequate Health and Safety Conditions. Alert yourself to the Law Reform and make the necessary submissions.
Again I am glad the people whose lives were recklessly and negligently put in danger are safe this morning but I would like to know what percentage of negligence applied to the letting of these rooms and if compliance of the Landlord with tenants is registered with the PRTB.
I walk in Dublin 4 a lot and many of the houses of Georgian renown exist here intermingled with those of the new rich and those that are awaiting demolition for development and which house a myriad of people in the meantime.
Elgin Road comes immediately to mind. There are a number of houses near vacant with others in a hideous state of near dereliction with people living in them and no doubt facing eviction. The beautiful St Bartholomew’s Church and the USA Embassy emphasize the inequalities that apply to some people.
If you live in apartments or tenancies, extra responsibility is needed. There is an obligation to other neighbours and this should be endorsed by legislation. Any views?
Remember, in the case of social housing, it is the State who pays the landlord for the tenancies yet the State fail to protect the occupiers rights’. The State are answerable to taxpayers for the provision of housing.
Saturday July 14th, 2007