Monday 24 October 2016

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

Longboat Quay Apartments near dublin's Grand Canal Dock.
Longboat Quay Apartments near dublin's Grand Canal Dock.

The Government last week established a review group to examine the fire risks at housing complexes and its work will now be given fresh impetus.

The Department of the Environment said this was announced in light of a number of incidents in recent years, including the events at Priory Hall.

Fire safety issues at Longboat Quay were first raised in June last year. At least three units have been sold since then, the most recent was last June for €400,000.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA), which owns 36 units and controls common areas in the complex, said that it informed residents of the problems some 10 days after they emerged.

It spent €1m installing alarms and paying fire marshals to patrol, but another €3.75m is needed for structural works.

The DDDA said that the ultimate cost of the works would require "significant financial support" from the management company and property owners.

The development was completed in 2006 by Gendsong, which is controlled by developer Bernard McNamara.

It went into receivership with Grant Thornton, which could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, residents at Riverwalk Court in Rathoath, Co Meath, are to meet with lawyers and the local council tomorrow amid concerns their homes also pose a fire safety risk.

The 26-unit development has a number of structural problems, including fire safety issues.

"There is a meeting between the council, the residents and the respective legal advisors to discuss the current situation and the possible next steps in resolving the various fire safety issues which have been identified in the property," the council said in a statement.

The extent of the works required is not known.

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