Taoiseach commits to Oliver Bond regeneration following rave


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13.34 24 Sep 2020


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The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has visited Oliver Bond flats in Dublin, following a rave attended by hundreds of young people last weekend.

He committed to improving local facilities and ensuring a wider regeneration of the area.

Residents of the flat complex seemed a bit surprised when they opened their doors and saw the Taoiseach arriving on Thursday morning.

The area has received a lot of attention since last weekend's rave on the astroturf pitch attended by hundreds of people.

Mr Martin has promised to address the wider challenges facing the area - and to giving short term help too.

"Regeneration by itself takes time, but they want immediate work in terms of improving the quality of life right now and over the next number of months.

"And that's something I will focus on".

Among his commitments are restoring run-down facilities, especially for young people.

These residents say improvements are long overdue.

"The Government needs to step in and intervene here, we're being left behind", one woman told Mr Martin

"Oliver Bond is always being let down", another woman said.

One man explained: "You have a lot of the flats that are damp - there's actually a flat up the end there that's like a waterfall coming through the house".

"For it to be done up for the kids, to be able to come around and play - that they're not worrying about what's on the ground, what's in front of them, what are they going to pick up, what are they going to stand on", another woman said.

And community activist Liz O'Connor hopes the visit will lead to some changes.

"I'm grateful to him for coming out - I told him when he came in it's not a photo opportunity: you're here for the people, not to get your photograph all over the papers".

Mr Martin has promised that residents will have input into the regeneration plans.

Reporting by: Stephen Murphy

Main image: Taoiseach Michael Martin is flanked by residents as he visits the Oliver Bond flat complex in Dublin. Picture by: Stephen Murphy

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