A company which is taking social housing tenants to Court over rents was defunct for a number of years a Kildare North TD told a Dublin District Court on 9 September.
Fine Gael TD, Bernard Durkan, appeared at Court No. 23 in the Four Courts complex on Friday to speak on behalf of three tenants from the Sli and Canal estate in Leixlip who were summonsed to a sitting of the Dublin District Civil Court over rents.
The cases against the three and a number of others, due to appear on 23 September, were adjourned until 1 May next year.
When the case of the first of the tenants was called, Deputy Durkan stepped forward to make a point to District Judge Mary Collins who asked him who he was.
After introducing himself, Deputy Durkan said there was “a general issue” with regard to the Leim an Bhradain Housing Association and the issue was the same for all of the tenants in the 32-house social housing scheme.
The Maynooth based TD said that “the company was defunct for a number of years.”
Judge Collins said maybe there should be one day set aside to hear all matters.
A solicitor was acting for the housing association but the tenants were not legally represented.
On 18 May this year, what were described as “long standing grievances” by tenants were raised in Dail Eireann by Deputy Durkan, who asked if the Minister of State, Willie Penrose, would meet with the tenants to try and sort out grievances.Minister Penrose declined to do this stating his role was to provide money to build projects.