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Friday 9 December 2016

Development authority offer Longboat Quay residents €2.75m towards €4m building works bill

Longboat Quay Apartments near dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Mark Condren
Longboat Quay Apartments near dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Mark Condren
Longboat Quay Apartments near Dublin's Grand Canal Dock.
Longboat Quay Apartments near the Grand Canal Dock.
Longboat Quay Apartments near Dublin's Grand Canal Dock

A development authority have offered €2.75m to apartment owners who have been told to 'make up €4m' to improve the safety standards of their homes.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority wrote to the Longboat Quay Management Company Limited with the 'formal final offer of financial support towards the cost of the necessary remediation works'.

READ MORE: Dublin City Council 'should step up to the table' to help Longboat Quay residents - Tánaiste

Residents in the Longboat Quay city centre apartment block are facing evacuation unless they fund €4m worth of remediation works.

Each owner has been told to come up with thousands in less than a week to fix the fire traps and defects in the original build which include creating firewalls in areas susceptible to the spread of fire.

READ MORE: Mum living in Dublin fire-trap apartment: 'I'm afraid to leave my home in case I can't get back in'

They were informed of major deficiencies with the fire safety standards of the building following a report this week.

In a statement released to the media this afternoon, the Dublin Docklands Authority wrote: "The Authority understands that the Receiver over the assets of Gendsong Limited whose interest includes 18 apartments in the complex, will also be making a substantial contribution towards the remediation works.

READ MORE: Residents in limbo as fire safety notice set to be issued today

"The Authority’s contribution and the Receiver’s combined amount to approximately €2.75 million, or 58%, of the estimated €4.75 million cost of the work (undertaken to date and required) to ensure that the development meets all relevant fire prevention and safety standards and regulations. 

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"This will leave an estimated €2 million to be financed by the Management Company and the apartment owners."

The latest building controversy hit the floor of the Dail this week where Mary Lou McDonald called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to personally phone the developer Mr Bernard McNamara, whose company built the complex in 2006. The firm later went into receivership.

READ MORE: Dermot Lacey: A shattered dream for residents – Council must step in

“He’s back in business. Things seem to be good for him again,” Ms McDonald said during ‘Leaders’ Questions’.

Mr Kenny said he is conscious of the difficulties faced by the families and that the country remembers the plight of the residents of Priory Hall.

“There may be others in the system,” Mr Kenny said.

READ MORE: Fire safety issues first raised at Longboat Quay eight years after build

Tanaiste Joan Burton said Dublin City Council should 'step up to the table' and work with the fire authorities to resolve the safety defects facing the families living at Longboat Quay.

The Labour Party leader today said the 600 residents invested their 'hopes and dreams' in properties at the city complex which have now been discovered to be fire hazards.

Speaking during ‘Leaders’ Questions’ today, Ms Burton piled the pressure on city chiefs to work with Dublin Fire Brigade to find a solution.

“Those families have invested their hopes and their dreams and it has found to be a fire hazard by Dublin Fire Brigade,” Ms Burton told the Dáil.

“I think what’s necessary is that Dublin City will actually step up to the table and actually work with the fire authority to address the issues which are very, very serious,” she added.

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