Survey reveals challenges for the Dominick Street flat complex and other areas of north inner city Dublin.

Results of a survey carried out by a number of organisations working in north inner city Dublin, show that flat complexes in the area have become isolated from the wider neighbourhood and have high levels of social and educational disadvantage.

The survey carried out by local people on households living in nine flat complexes in north inner city Dublin noted a number of difficulties facing residents, particularly in relation to facilities for young people in the area.

Residents of Dominick Street flats observed they were

Nice to look at as you drive by, but like a war zone inside.

Ger Carney from Dominick Street flats says

If you look around again it is derelict but there’s good people in it and good people want to live in decent places and a decent environment and the only way we can get that is by getting what the children need.

Deirdre Winston a resident of Henrietta House in Henrietta Place agrees

The prominent feeling is there is nothing for children to do in the area and that’s one of the main things that needs to be addressed.

The survey questioned more than 800 households and over 500 people replied, most of them women. One of the most worrying statistics for those involved in the survey is that only 3% of young people go on to third level education.

Patricia McCarthy of Community Technical Aid believes

It’s time to put in the resources, support families and the young people to go onto college like the rest of society and put in the refurbishments and the maintenance that’s required.

Since the survey was carried out 11 million euro has been spent on a major refurbishment of the Hardwicke Street flats complex, which now has a community centre and an all weather playing pitch. Residents of the other complexes hope to see similar improvements.

 An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 September 2003. The reporter is Orla O Donnell.