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Residents say conditions are worsening at Seagull House

Residents say conditions are worsening at Seagull House

Residents say conditions are worsening at Seagull House

Residents of an apartment block in Crumlin have protested about alleged rat infestations, mould, damp and overcrowding at their Dublin City Council housing complex.

People living in Seagull House, at the corner of Crumlin Road and Rutland Avenue, have been raising concerns about their "disgraceful" living conditions for more than a year.

Yesterday, they held a protest outside Dublin City Council's local offices in Crumlin to call for better living conditions.

The residents have said they are living with a rat infestation, as well as mould and damp.

Sewerage

There have been claims there are problems with the insulation, sewerage and drainage system at the development.

Residents claimed bins were not being collected often enough, and there were problems with the general maintenance of the building.

They claimed communal areas needed to be cleaned more frequently.

The protesters have called on Dublin City Council to ease overcrowding in the complex by increasing access to public housing in the area.

In January last year, a group of residents first came together to form the Seagull House Residents' Association after they said their repeated complaints to the council were not being responded to.

Peter Dooley, a member of the committee and a former candidate for People Before Profit, said conditions at the apartment block had since become worse.

He said the residents were being forced to endure "disgraceful" living conditions.

"In early 2019, to deal with their inhumane living conditions, I supported the residents in starting and organising the Seagull House Residents' Association, where they agreed on a set of reasonable demands that Dublin City Council deal with for the whole complex," he said.

"Dublin City Council's inaction has led to the conditions of their tenants worsening. They are now taking collective action to get their voices heard and get the decent living conditions everyone deserves."

Mr Dooley said the "basic human rights" of people living in Seagull House were being denied, and there should be a "citywide movement" of council tenants calling for better standards.

Yesterday, a council spokesman said: "If the residents' group submit details of the issues that they are raising to the city council's Housing Department, they will be investigated and the tenants will be contacted directly."

In 2019, the council rejected claims Seagull House had been "neglected".

At the time, the council said it was carrying out an audit of all of its older apartment complexes "with a view to informing a citywide plan to deal with issues in our older complexes".

The council said it had been aware of an issue with rats at the property, but added that it was cleaning communal areas and collecting bins regularly.