Upcoming Events

Dublin | Housing

no events match your query!

New Events

Dublin

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link The Wholesome Photo of the Month Thu May 09, 2024 11:01 | Anti-Empire

offsite link In 3 War Years Russia Will Have Spent $3... Thu May 09, 2024 02:17 | Anti-Empire

offsite link UK Sending Missiles to Be Fired Into Rus... Tue May 07, 2024 14:17 | Marko Marjanović

offsite link US Gives Weapons to Taiwan for Free, The... Fri May 03, 2024 03:55 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Russia Has 17 Percent More Defense Jobs ... Tue Apr 30, 2024 11:56 | Marko Marjanović

Anti-Empire >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link News Round-Up Thu May 23, 2024 00:58 | Richard Eldred
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the ?climate emergency?, public health ?crises? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link General Election Announced for July 4th Wed May 22, 2024 19:30 | Will Jones
Rishi Sunak declared "now is the moment for Britain to choose its future" as he announced the General Election will be held on July 4th. Nigel Farage said Sunak has "chosen suicide over total obliteration".
The post General Election Announced for July 4th appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link My ?Tribe? Abandoned Me in Covid ? But I Gained a New One That Loves Freedom Wed May 22, 2024 17:52 | Dr David Bell
David Bell says his tribe on the 'progressive Left' abandoned him during Covid as it lurched into authoritarianism. But he moved to Texas and found a new community with those who love freedom.
The post My ‘Tribe’ Abandoned Me in Covid ? But I Gained a New One That Loves Freedom appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Then the Woke Came for the Birds Wed May 22, 2024 15:27 | Steven Tucker
The American Ornithological Society has banned the naming of birds after people and, in true Year Zero style, has set about renaming the 263 species already so tainted by their association with white men.
The post Then the Woke Came for the Birds appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Why Do We Now Think Politicians Can Control the Weather? Wed May 22, 2024 13:28 | James Leary
Nobody thought of asking politicians to alter the weather or blaming humans for the wind and rain, says retired B747 Captain James Leary. Turbulence in a monsoon was just expected.
The post Why Do We Now Think Politicians Can Control the Weather? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link ?Democracy?, European Union version, by Thierry Meyssan Tue May 21, 2024 07:19 | en

offsite link The Blood-Red Sunset of the West, by Manlio Dinucci Mon May 20, 2024 10:05 | en

offsite link Voltaire, International Newsletter N°87 Sat May 18, 2024 05:29 | en

offsite link Europa Viva 2024 kowtows to the Straussians Sat May 18, 2024 03:01 | en

offsite link The world economic order is falling apart, by Alfredo Jalife-Rahme Fri May 17, 2024 08:13 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Housing activists meet to discuss redevelopment & privatisation of their homes

category dublin | housing | news report author Tuesday December 07, 2004 15:14author by kevin - imc éire Report this post to the editors

Report back from Threshold seminar last Tuesday.

Report + 2 short audio MP3 interviews to download.

Approximately 50 housing activists, local residents, Threshold representatives and other individuals met up in the Gresham Hotel on Tuesday morning last week, for a seminar called "The Regeneration Game: Urban Regeneration & Community Involvement". The seminar was hosted by Threshold, which is a national housing organisation dedicated to ensuring housing and tenants rights for all.

The Director of Threshold Patrick Burke opened the seminar, and the first speaker was Declan Redmond, from the Dept. of Planning & Environmental Policy in UCD. He gave a presentation entitled "Government Policy on Social Housing Regeneration & PPPs", which focused on the many different policies which come into play with the construction of social & affordable housing. He called into question the logic and viability of PPP's (Public Private Partnerships), and speculated on the real reasons why the State was pushing PPPs rather than building long term social housing units. He also demonstrated Arnstein's "Ladder of Empowerment", which detailed the levels of citizen power, from the highs of "citizen control", "delegated power" and "partnership", to the lows of "cynical consultation" and "civic hype".

Next to speak was John Bissett from St. Michael's Estate in Inchicore. Rather than repeat his interpretation of the timeline of events from the campaign in St Michael's Estate, he felt it would be better to address the concept of State power and how it exerts itself on a disempowered community. He also examined the structures of power around the issue of the estate being redeveloped & privatised, which had been a learning process for all involved in the struggle there. The residents concept of the sphere of influence in the decisions being made expanded beyond their immediate environs as time progressed, taking in not just immediate bodies like community groups and Dublin City Council, but also more distant yet subtle bodies such as the European Union. It was an interesting and thought provoking presentation.

Joe O'Donoghue & Dorothy Walker from Fatima Groups United spoke next and talked about their experiences with the redevelopment of the Fatima Mansions complex in Dublin 8. They seemed reasonably positive and upbeat with the results they had gained from the extensive & exhaustive negotiations with Dublin City Council. Fatima Mansions is being redeveloped under a PPP. The final agreement allows for 150 public housing units, 70 affordable units, and a maximum of 369 private apartments; as well as a new purpose built neighbourhood centre, a leisure centre including a gym & swimming pool, and a retail and enterprise incubator space. They also mentioned how in Fatima Mansions they established an overarching representative community structure, which moved from a moral to a legitimate representation, when the majority of the community got involved, so the State couldnt undermine the community mandate.

Lena Jordan from O'Devaney Gardens at the west end of the North Circular Road in Dublin 7 was the final person to speak from the residents groups. O'Devaney Gardens is currently being redeveloped under a PPP scheme, and Lena talked about how the estate has been (under)managed over the years by Dublin City Council, the lack of resources and funding, and how issues such as poverty and drugs affected the community. She also outlines the hopes for the future with the redevelopment, and the possibilities & choices that local people have when it comes to further stages of negotiation between the tenants and local authorities.

Sinead Kelly from Trinity College Dublin gave a final shortened presentation due to time constraints, basically recapping the points that Declan Redmond had made earlier.

The attendees then split into two groups of about 20 people each for workshops. One dealt with the Future Direction of Housing Policy, the other with Community Participation in Housing Redevelopment Projects. In the second workshop, local residents from Tenants First, a grassroots community organisation representing tenants from local authoriy flat complexes around Dublin, talked of how it was sometimes difficult to engage people to fight against PPPs. If tenants have been disempowered for years, and their housing has been not maintained or repaired, then as soon as the offer of a new place comes along, people jump at the chance to escape from squalor - even if it may not be the best solution in the long run.

They also talked about how they can encourage other tenants to get involved in the campaign, and how that giving people as much information as possible was one of the best ways to educate and agitate. The phrase 'PPP' was not common knowledge among ordinary people. Another point was how to deal with authorities with massive power and resources, in comparison to poor communities who have constantly been under pressure; and how a local community can respond when the State starts to considerably exert that power.

Overall it was an interesting and encouraging seminar, and community workers plan to meet again in the new year to discuss their options, and share resources and information with each other so they can help each other with future struggles.

In the first audio clip, Joe O'Donoghue from Fatima Groups United talks about the regeneration plan for Fatima Mansions, and also explains what Tenants First is about.

In the second audio clip, Christine Taylor, who is a community worker with ICON in the North East Inner City, talks about Tenants First, the upcoming PPP plans in flat complexes around the city, the response from council flat tenants about the possibility of purchase, and current problems with social housing in Killarney Court (ex St Josephs Mansions in Summerhill) and Clarion Quay in the IFSC (re-housed residents from the old Sherriff Street flats).

Listen to Joe O'Donoghue from Fatima Mansions by clicking here to start downloading the MP3. The filesize is 3.0 megabytes.

Listen to Christine Taylor from ICON by clicking here to start downloading the MP3. The filesize is 7.3 megabytes.

Related Link: http://lithgow-schmidt.dk/sherry-arnstein/ladder-of-citizen-participation.html



testing
audio testing 0 Mb

© 2001-2024 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy