A new book was launched in Limerick on 2nd March 2009 at the
Dominican Biblical Institute, Cecil St.
In Regeneration public
good or private profit, Dr. John Bissett takes the lid off a
model of regeneration that wasted public resources, and failed
the needs of communities in need of those resources.
It documents the
trials and triumphs of the regeneration process at St Michael's
Estate, Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland from the community perspective.
Dr Bissett uncovers
the mechanics of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) as a model,
names the deliberate exclusion of a community, and tells the
story behind decisions and actions.
This book exposes
the appalling social consequences and loss of public monies
which occurs when those responsible for public decision making
ignore international standards for housing provision and the
rights of local communities to be involved in shaping their
future. It explains how rules for regeneration were written
behind closed doors for the benefit of the developer and the
banks and how this was then defined as the common good.
This book is a must
read for local residents, civil servants, academics, developers,
community workers, politicians, students and anyone with an
interest in not only social justice, but for transparent and
accountable expenditure of public monies.
At a time when large
areas in Limerick are being proposed for regeneration, it is
essential that the lessons from regenerations such as St Michaels
Estate and elsewhere are transferred and learned from, especially
in communities of high disadvantage and inequality.
It is a must read
for anyone concerned with the regeneration of Limerick.
public good or private profit ? is available in all good
Irish book stores, price €15.
order send a cheque made out to TASC for €18
(inc postage) to:
Clancy, 118 St. Michael's Estate , Inchicore, Dublin 8,
by the Equality Studies Centre, School of Social Justice,
UCD and TASC/New Island)
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