John O'Donoghue reports from Ballyfermot on the lack of facilities in and around the Dublin suburb.
This excerpt from the 'Seven Days' report opens with three unidentified young people, huddled around a fire in a derelict site with
No money, no fags and apparently no other prospects for the rest of the day
Reporter John O'Donoghue describes these three young people as not typical but symptomatic of the problems that exist in Ballyfermot. Known affectionately as Ballyer, this medium size suburb is bigger than Galway or Waterford situated in south west Dublin is described as,
A veritable concrete jungle across the city from the rolling acres of the Phoenix Park
O'Donoghue goes on to outline the problems with Ballyfermot in more detail beginning with the children and describing it as a cycle of poverty.
Most of Ballyfermot's children stay on and marry their own often crowding in with in-laws
One of the key problems identified is the poor reputation that Ballyfermot has and the prejudice that exists for residents when looking for work or trying to get ahead in the world. The lack of access to education also acts a barrier to social and economic mobility.
This report is accompanied by the Melanie Safka singing 'Citiest People'.
This episode of 'Seven Days' was broadcast on 5 March 1971.