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  • Northside West

Inner city plan update presented to locals

Tuesday, 7th February, 2017 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Inner city plan update presented to locals

Pictured during a visit to the North Inner City last summer are (l-r) Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and local Dublin Central TD, Paschal Donohoe, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and Cllr Ray McAdam (FG).

Inner city plan update presented to locals

Pictured during a visit to the North Inner City last summer are (l-r) Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and local Dublin Central TD, Paschal Donohoe, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and Cllr Ray McAdam (FG).

THE latest update on the Government’s regeneration plan for the North Inner City was given a lukewarm reception by a number of local politicians last week.

Former head of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, presented the update on the plan announced last summer by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Store Street Garda Station.

The report included an overview of the area that highlighted its “great people and leaders” who are coping with “high levels of crime as part of daily life”.

It said there were significant levels of services but they were poorly coordinated and the community was asset rich, increasingly diverse and afraid of “false dawns”.

Insufficient links between education and training, and employment and local business were also highlighted.

The update also focused on local challenges and calls for a “rebranding” of the area as well as “complete and immediate physical improvement works”.

Last week’s presentation was designed to encourage discussion and feedback before a final report on the implementation of the regeneration plan is completed.

Local councillor Nial Ring (Ind) said it was clear during the presentation that while the community welcomed the report’s vision, many locals felt it lacked detail. 

“Kieran correctly identified the challenges and strategies to fulfil the vision for the future of the North Inner City,” he said. “But the report was very much a macro level approach, lacking in detailed recommendations, targets or milestones and more importantly did not indicate either the level of funding needed or whether, or not, the Taoiseach was committed to the funding need - whatever that may be.”

Cllr Ring described the omission of the refurbishment of Rutland Street School in the presentation as “worrying” and “controversial” but added that there were “some excellent ideas, objectives and visions” included.

“But the specifics were not there,” he continued. “Lots of bones but no meat. No numbers with costings and commitment of funding. In fairness to Kieran; a lot done, but a lot more to do.

“The community has put faith in this process and doesn’t want, as Kieran Mulvey called previous failures, another false dawn.”

Fianna Fail activist, Mary Fitzpatrick, said the presentation “disappointed in its broad approach”.

“It was vague and un-costed, rehashed old themes and lacked any new concrete commitments,” she added. “It raised more questions than it answered.

“The presentation had glaring omissions in the areas of housing, community facilities, integration of new communities, youth services and supports for the elderly.

“I urge the Taoiseach and the Government to get serious about implementing real solutions and not just use the North Inner City as a backdrop for PR opportunities.”

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