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Dubliners demand Housing as PPP developers put on poor mouth

category national | housing | feature author Tuesday May 27, 2008 01:18author by Paula Geraghtyauthor email mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

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Sorry, it is not profitable to house you

Hundreds take to the streets over the collapse of regeneration plans for some of the most marginalised communities in Dublin.

'We'll be back', promised residents of St Michael's Estate, O'Devaney Gardens, Sean McDermott St and Dominic Street at a protest held outside Dublin City Council at a special meeting held on the evening of May 26th. Plans to redevelop the areas collapsed when wealthy developer, Bernard McNamara, cried off because he wouldn't make enough money.

Property Developer, Bernard McNamara was awarded the tenders on 5 multimillion Euro Public Private Partnership projects to develop five areas of Dublin. Communities who saw little of the Celtic Tiger are the first to suffer from the lack of real development which would have meant better housing, community spaces, creches and mixed living dwellings. The private sector, which has been sold to us by the government as the only solution to our social needs, is unwilling to deliver and now residents are demanding that the Government steps in to fulfill the needs of their communities.

McNamaras are one of the biggest building developers in the state and are one of those who have made massive amounts of money on the backs of ordinary people in 'Celtic Tiger' Ireland. Bernard McNamara, head of the company, (who - not so coincidentally - was one of those hollering around the Dail Bar when Cowen was elected Taoiseach) has a personal wealth of €230million. The company had a turnover of €611million last year. Among the projects they are working on now are the €450million Elm Park residential and commercial development in Dublin 4, a 45-storey tower in Canary Wharf in London, the Burlington Hotel and a large apartment development in Galway. No sign of him to pull out of any of these projects.

If McNamara had begun the redevelopment 5 or 6 years ago and had ended up as a result of the Celtic Tiger making €50 or €100 million extra profit, would they have handed that windfall back to the Council or the local residents saying "we didn't expect to make this much?"

This will not be the last of these protests, watch this space.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More Images     Paula Geraghty    Mon May 26, 2008 22:44 
   images end     Paula Geraghty    Mon May 26, 2008 22:57 
   More background info     archivist    Mon May 26, 2008 23:39 
   Better contracts     Rational Ecologist    Tue May 27, 2008 12:50 
   Government must fund regeneration projects as PPPs collapse     PBPA    Tue May 27, 2008 15:51 
   Handwringing and hyprocrisy     Aragon    Tue May 27, 2008 21:25 
   Protest at City Hall     Ciarán    Wed May 28, 2008 17:33 
   Has Dessie moved into town then?     Joey    Thu May 29, 2008 10:56 
   Priorities     Dermot Lacey    Thu May 29, 2008 15:22 
 10   Lacey     Abe    Thu May 29, 2008 15:40 
 11   PPP's and all that.     Dermot Lacey    Thu May 29, 2008 15:50 
 12   Typcial politican     Abe    Thu May 29, 2008 15:59 
 13   No dodge here     Dermot Lacey    Thu May 29, 2008 16:24 
 14   Greed is all you know.     Joseph    Thu May 29, 2008 16:42 
 15   Gross Factual Inaccuracies     Damien    Wed Jun 04, 2008 22:22 
 16   another protest Monday     krossie    Fri Jun 06, 2008 15:05 
 17   Privatised Governance for profit     corneilius    Sat Jun 07, 2008 20:32 

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