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Housing conditions and human rights

Joan Collins (ind, Dublin SC) asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government was he aware of the poor living conditions in local authority flats in Dublin and the statement by the Irish Human Rights Commission President that the human rights of their residents were breached (Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th April 2011, 336).  The minister of state, Willie Penrose, told her that the management and maintenance of local authority housing was a matter for the individual housing authority, but he was aware that there were on-going maintenance issues in the Dolphin House flat complex.  He understood that Dublin City Council was continuing to liaise with residents and improvement works had been initiated to address issues of condensation, dampness and drainage.  The regeneration board there was working toward a report to the department to outline the various options and this was awaited.  He recently wrote to the city council to ask about the current position.