Scusi Marie Claire Ballymun is no Blade Runner - Lyons

31 January 2013

Statement by John Lyons TD

Labour Party T.D. for Dublin North West, John Lyons, has criticised a stereotypical portrayal of Ballymun as resembling a scene from 'Blade Runner' in the Italian version of Marie Claire magazine.

"I was puzzled to hear my neighbours discussing an article in an Italian magazine last week about Ballymun and the successful regeneration project. After reading the translated article, based on interviews with local residents in 2011, it was clear that the truth was manipulated to suit a stereotype of the area.

"References were made to quotes from local residents stating 'People who lived there were ashamed to give their addresses and considered themselves the 'Bronx Irish'. A resident was also credited with saying the old Ballymun resembled a scene 'from Blade Runner with tower blocks that all looked the same'. I know some of the people quoted and they never made these statements.

"This is very hurtful to people like myself who call Ballymun home and it's damaging for the image of the area. While I welcome the magazine's interest in Ballymun and the story of the successful Regeneration Project, reverting to stereotypes and inventing quotations only undermines all that has been achieved.

"This constant need to portray the area according to negative perceptions and imagery has no part of Ballymun's future and serves no purpose, even in the pages of a glossy magazine."

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