NAMA’s rubbish? Cleaning up Balbriggan playground

18th July, 2013

Joe O'Brien gathering rubbish at the Moylaragh playground on Tuesday July 9th

Joe O’Brien gathering rubbish at the Moylaragh playground on Tuesday July 9th. Yes, that is a dirty nappy in his hand!

Joe O’Brien the Green Party representative for the Balbriggan Ward today delivered a bag of refuse to the office of NAMA in Dublin 2. Mr. O’Brien collected the refuse at a playground in the Moylaragh estate in Balbriggan on Tuesday evening the week after the Council had claimed to have cleaned up the litter. The Council had indicated the estate is in the control of NAMA. Fingal County Council have claimed that they are not responsible for the maintenance of the estate until they take it into charge. Mr. O’Brien made the following statement after delivering the refuse:

It is simply not acceptable that any playground in any part of Fingal is knowingly left in such a state by the Council. Regardless of the legal wrangling of who exactly has legal responsibility to clean up the playground – this is a playground in Fingal and I believe the Council has a moral responsibility to clean it up, there are certainly not going to be any legal objections to that. It is important to note that a portion of the rubbish in the playground would appear to be household waste and if this is the case those responsible should be suitably penalised. But the debate on whether it is or is not household waste in a moot point. If Fingal County Council refused to pick up every piece of rubbish that looked like household waste then the whole county would be in a mess.

Joe O'Brien, Balbriggan resident Clare Zanchetta and her son David deliver the rubbish to the NAMA offices on July 11th

oe O’Brien, Balbriggan resident Clare Zanchetta and her son David deliver the rubbish to the NAMA offices on July 11th

 Rather than wait for the powers that be to sort out the legalities I felt it was important to take away the most hazardous rubbish which is likely to attract vermin to the playground. So I gathered some of the rubbish myself. That is not the end of the rubbish though. Today I delivered the rubbish to the CEO of Nama, Brendan McDonagh at their offices in Dublin 2 with a demand to release funds for the maintenance of the playground. I understand Nama have the power to provide funds to the Council to maintain estates that Nama effectively owns. The welfare of children is not being considered in the ivory tower of Nama and this action is a reminder of their moral duty to look after those who use the facilities in the properties in their charge. This is not a legal issue, it is a human issue and a health issue where the various powers that be are passing the buck while our young citizens are put at risk.