There are long waiting lists for childcare places, doctors and mental-health services, says Fiona Carney, interim CEO of FamiliBase.
“I think it’s reaching a tipping point, that me and like-minded colleagues have been banging the drum for so long saying, we need to try something different, rather than keep doing the same.”
Around 8,000 people live in Cherry Orchard, but there are no playing pitches, no cafes or restaurants, no health centre and only one shop.
Councillors discussed the fate of allotment holders pushed out of Weaver Square, plans for developing Cherry Orchard, and results of a traffic-calming experiment.
Those involved in the Horse Power project have been working to repair the relationship between Gardaí and local young men. An equine centre would help a lot, they say.
Many say they’d like to see more buses or trains as part of a local area plan for the neighbourhood.
“It was awesome,” said Alex Traynor, aged nine. He couldn’t rate the performance, he said because “there is not a number big enough”.
The council has started to work on a new local area plan for the neighbourhood.
Years of cuts have taken their toll on the community. Those who live and work there have ideas for what the neighbourhood needs.
The council is looking at putting up multi-storey buildings in the city centre made of stackable prefab homes. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about its first batch of rapid-build homes.