Letters: ‘Tallaght is the victim of blatant discrimination’

Dear Editor,

Although holiday-time reports in the media over last weekend highlighted the huge injustices existing in Irish society, it showed typical examples of why we have a very unequal society:

1) Headline: “Reilly defends his objection to plan for 151 new homes. Former minister says his constituents want fewer houses built.”

He said they are not against new houses but the density, i.e. 151 new homes.

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2) “Locals to take legal action over ‘homeless hub’ in their area.”

Plans were already under way to move 13 families into a former B&B on St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, despite an outcry from locals.

A residents’ committee is asking their neighbours to raise €70,000 to meet legal fees. They have so far collected €20,000. Some residents have committed between €1,000 and €5,000.

3) Then we have Minister Shane Ross protesting over a proposal to build 60 apartments in Mt. Merrion that does not even include a social house.

A typical “upstairs/downstairs” example certainly for us in Tallaght. It’s too nice an area to build apartments.

4) As previously mentioned, the proposal by a developer to build 500 apartments on the RTÉ site.

This was refused, so his alternative is to build 400, and raise the selling price to compensate for the 100 not allowed.

No doubt with a bit of “chopping and changing” these developments will happen, but the question I ask is will they include 10 per cent social housing as in legislation.

The same question I ask re a development near Templeogue Bridge. How do these developers get away with it? Surely they are breaking the law.

We are all aware of their actions in the past transferring their social housing obligations to land they owned in Tallaght, and were allowed to do so.

Then, of course, we have the other scandal – house prices. Whether in Foxrock or Tallaght, they are out of control. In another survey over the weekend we are told that “property tax could triple in two years unless Government acts now”.

Despite the injustice of house price increases it also confirms a very divided society in South County Dublin. Property tax in D24 is €315 , whereas in D6W it is €675, yet both are in the same local authority area. This is another example of Tallaght in the lowest division of inequality in South County Dublin.

As I have stated many times, the changing of ministers is “as changeable as the traffic lights”. In the past six years some have had 4/5 portfolios.

How can you run a government or a department with so much change? I have yet to hear a minister, government or appropriate department ever spell out a vision of community/society.

They have no vision. It is ad hoc. It’s the equivalent of going to a plumber to get your appendix out.

At local authority level it is no different. These so-called “experts” have their own ideas, and do not want to know.

Currently they are inviting communities to contribute to developments around the village, and extremities.

They are having consultations, and inviting submissions. Well, here is one person who will not contribute.

In my 50 years living in Tallaght I have been there before, did all that was asked, only to be treated with disrespect when decisions were already made.

It was just an academic exercise. You see, we were not the affluent areas. I have no intention of giving respectability to an unjust system.

We were just tolerated. They had to pretend. If they listened we would not have the village or Tallaght we have today.

Planning decisions determine a person’s life from cradle to grave. The Constitution speaks of “treating all of the children of the nation equally”.

This was not applied to Tallaght. What was done to Tallaght in planning was deliberate establishment policy.

Tallaght is the victim of blatant injustice. The census report confirms it

I have one consolation in all this. I speak the truth.

Yours sincerely,

Aidan Thomas,

Bancroft.

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