DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL’S CONTEMPT FOR OLD PEOPLE
by louis walsh
It is just gone 8:00 pm and I’m sitting in my flat (my bedsit) in Cambridge Court Sheltered Housing complex. Tonight is bingo night , but not for the tenants. Twenty or thirty people who don’t live in Cambridge Court , who don’t pay rent in Cambridge Court will take over the Day Centre/Common Room tonight and have a grand old-time. If they feel the need to shout and swear they will do so. The fact that elderly tenants may not be well or indeed actually dying will not stop them. It has never stopped any of the many gangs of people who use Cambridge Court as their own personal play area several nights a week. And it has never bothered Dublin City Council who are more than happy to see this state of affairs being inflicted on old and vulnerable tenants.
If any tenant should take exception to this and tell these people to go home they would be bullied back into their flats and if that didn’t work , if the tenants stood their ground then the bullies who are behind all of this would turn on them. If , in spite of all this bullying and harassment , the tenant refused to accept this situation then the Gardai (police) would be called. ………And guess whose side they would take ?………..This is the reality of daily life for old and vulnerable tenants in Cambridge Court. It is as simple as that.