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Alan Kelly: Fingal County Council is trying to buy Tyrrelstown houses

Some 100 families face the threat of eviction.

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Updated: 11pm

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER ALAN Kelly has said Fingal County Council and Prosper Fingal Housing Association are trying to purchase the houses in Tyrrelstown, Co Dublin where 100 families face the threat of eviction.

Kelly made the comment during a debate on housing in the Dáil this evening.

“Fingal County Council and Prosper Fingal Housing Association have been in contact and have been working on trying to purchase those units.

“I do not want to get into too much detail on that but the fact is that activity did take place. It is not like they did not try. I want that on the record. The chief executive did that with his own councillors,” Kelly said.

Earlier today, Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group, made up of residents from Cruise Park housing estate, held a demonstration outside Leinster House in protest at their treatment at the hand of so-called ‘vulture funds’.

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Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger raised the residents’ case in the Dáil. A delegation representing the group were present in the Dáil chamber.

14/3/2016. Tenants To Lose Their Homes Over Vulture Funds The Cruise Park housing estate in Tyrrelstown Source: Eamonn Farrell

Just over a week ago the Sunday Business Post reported that over 200 families renting in the estate could be evicted due to a deal between Goldman Sachs and indebted property developer Twinlite.

Twinlite has since moved to assure residents that their homes are not in immediate danger.

- with reporting by Órla Ryan

Read: Tyrrelstown residents want immediate protection from vulture fund

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