The Government will be asked to provide €2 million in interim funding to alleviate substandard housing issues in Dublin's Oliver Bond complex.

A local area committee heard there is no money available in Dublin City Council's budget to address damp, mould and water ingress problems in the south city complex.

Assistant Chief Executive Brendan Kenny said regeneration plans for the flats are almost ready to go for stage one approval, but the process will take 15 years to complete and he admitted "people in Oliver Bond can't wait that long".

A survey of residents in the 397 unit flat complex found 83% of respondents had problems with damp while pest infestation and sewage were each experienced by around one third.

A meeting of the South Central Area committee heard a presentation by Lynette Lyons, secretary of the residents' group, and Austin Campbell of the Robert Emmet Community Development Project.

Mr Kenny said that the Government will not fund interim maintenance works which had to be paid out of rent receipts.

These funds would not cover the work needed in Oliver Bond as well as works needed in other complexes such as Pearse House and Marrowbone Lane.

Rent arrears is a significant problem in Oliver Bond, he said, which is part of the problem though he said he could understand why people would withhold rent because of the conditions they are living in.

He said a special case will be made to Government for interim funding but that the Department of Housing would be concerned about the implications for other local authorities in allowing it.

Mr Kenny announced that an Oliver Bond Regeneration Forum will be set up with an independent chair and representatives from residents, councillors, gardaí and HSE to meet monthly from October.