Dublin inner city residents see European victory over hellish living conditions

It's been found that nine out of 10 kids were missing school because of conditions.

Dubliners living in some of Ireland's most run-down housing estates have had a complaint about basic living conditions held up in Europe - writes dublinlive.ie.

The partial victory is for a collective human rights complaint about the conditions endured by 130,000 inner city residents.

They are concerned some people, including a high number of those in Dolphin House in Dolphin's Barn, are living with sewage invasion years after the problems were first reported.

They said conditions are so poor in some council complexes that families endure contaminated water, damp and persistent mould.

The report by the European Committee of Social Rights, part of the 47-nation Council of Europe, found a number of estates to be inadequate – with standards deteriorating since the economic crisis.

It added: “The committee finds the Government has failed to take sufficient and timely measures to ensure the right to housing of an adequate standard for not an insignificant number of families.”

The watchdogs also pointed to a lack of a national timetable for local authority housing to be refurbished – and that the last State survey of standards was 15 years ago.

They highlighted the fact many regeneration schemes were shelved after 2008.

Dublin City Council had plans to revive 12 large inner city estates with 11,000 flats, but all bids were halted in the recession – except for Fatima Mansions which was virtually complete.But the committee refused to uphold complaints people living in estates were discriminated against, or that their health, in particular those in Dolphin House, was affected specifically by poor housing.

The complaint was lodged in 2014 by Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights on behalf of residents in inner city Dublin and Limerick.

Surveys carried out on residents in Dolphin House in 2012 revealed a risk of lung disease, and nine out of 10 kids missing school because of conditions.

Some people reported breathing difficulties, diarrhoea, skin rashes and depression.

The committee found some health issues were temporary and subjective and the complaint did not demonstrate they were directly caused by poor living conditions.

The landmark case was taken under the European Social Charter – a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees human rights – that Ireland signed up to in 2000.

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