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Regeneration and PPPs

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Willie Penrose, told the Dail that the government had allocated €63.22m to the regeneration programme in Dublin in 2011 for Ballymun, inner city flat complexes and St Michael’s Estate (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st June 2011, 179).  In the case of the failed Public Private Partnership (PPP)  projects, the allocation was €38.08m to O’Devaney Gardens, €998,000 to Dominick st, €785,000 to Croke villas and €4.17m to St Theresa’s Gardens.

Later, The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Willie Penrose, told Brian Stanley (SF, Laois Offaly) that the total regeneration budget in 2011 was €125m including the Dublin projects, Limerick, Cox’s Demesne in Dundalk, Knocknaheeny in Cork and Cranmore in Sligo (Dail Eireann, Debates, 7th June 2011, 544).

Asked about contracts for regeneration work and ensuring that local employment was used, the Minister of State for the Environment, Community and Local Government Willie Penrose told Dessie Ellis (SF, Dublin NW) that they were all committed to stimulating local employment, but they were somewhat constrained by EU and Irish legislation which provides that companies may not be discriminated against on grounds of nationality or location.  Procurement legislation and guidelines preclude contracts being awarded solely on the basis that they be provided by local firms or similar restrictive clauses (Dail Eireann, Debates, 16th June 2011, 684-5).  It was possible to provide for employment opportunities targeted at the long-term unemployed and this was included as part of the work in Cliona park, Moyross.  Dessie Ellis expressed his concern that much of the labour in regeneration projects went to non-local people and that local people had been ruled out because of EU directives.  The Minister for Regional Development in the north, Conor Murphy, had been able to find a way for local people to be employed in contracts there and that should be possible here.