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Thursday 29 June 2017

Council has issued 11 fire safety notices so far this year

Housing Minister Mr Murphy
Housing Minister Mr Murphy

Dublin City Council has issued 11 fire safety notices to owners or occupiers of seven different premises this year, the Herald can reveal.

It comes as the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) issued a warning over the fire safety of buildings constructed during the Celtic Tiger.

New Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy met yesterday with Dublin's chief fire officer for a "frank discussion" about possible dangers facing buildings here, in light of the London tragedy.

The minister raised concerns over the fire risks to residents of apartments and the readiness of fire services to deal with the situation.

In a statement, he said people's safety had to be the "first concern". The council also confirmed it has installed "an external insulation facade system" on a small number of properties.

Checks

A spokesman said the system used was "non-combustible" and was used on buildings of more than six storeys.

"This system comprises mineral fibre insulation with a mineral render system, which forms a non-combustible system," the spokesperson said.

"It should be noted that the city council does not have any blocks of apartments over six storeys."

The council said it carries out ongoing fire checks on its buildings.

But the SCSI issued a warning that a disaster similar to London could happen here.

"A significant proportion of the buildings constructed during the Celtic Tiger era may not be in compliance with building regulations in force at the time of construction," said Aine Myler, director general of the SCSI.

Two months ago, it called on the Government to commission a high-level study into these properties.

The organisation has called for urgent action.

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