The extraordinary case of Tenia Karim | Gript
This weekend, the Irish people were treated to an extraordinary tale of woe, courtesy of Kitty Holland in the Irish Times. Steady yourselves before reading this one. As they say on the news, this report contains details that some readers might find…. upsetting:
Social tenants in a luxury apartment complex in Dublin say they are being “discriminated” against as they are not allowed to use the property’s gym, meeting rooms or roof terrace, keep pets or attend residents’ meetings.
Finished in 2017, Marianella’s 210 apartments on the site of a former monastery on Orwell Road, were priced in the region of €700,000 to €950,000.
The developer sold 19 units to Dublin City Council, fulfilling its obligations under part five of the 2000 Housing Act to offer 10 per cent of units in developments of 10 or more homes, for social housing.
One resident, Tenia Karim, says soon after he moved into his one-bedroom apartment in January 2019* he left his gym in nearby Dartry to join the gym on his doorstep. However Mr Karim was told he could not join because he lives in Orwell Grove.*
But wait – there’s more. Who is Tenia Karim?
Could it be this fellow, who was, apparently, employed by Calgary Airport in Canada in recent years, and who left that job due to, apparently, rampant racism?
Which raises an interesting and very important question: How does somebody lose a job in Canada, and show up in Dublin, and receive a luxury apartment in Rathgar at the taxpayer’s expense in January 2019?
It’s not exactly a short process, usually. He’d have had to establish eligibility, for one thing, and proof of a lack of sufficient income, and all the rest of it. How long was he in the country before getting this apartment? The Irish Times, naturally, doesn’t ask.