'Family hub' hotel temporarily closed to ensure fire safety
A Dublin hotel being used as emergency accommodation for homeless families has been temporarily closed in order to upgrade its fire safety provisions.
The property does not yet have a fire certificate, it has emerged.
Lynam's Hotel, on O'Connell Street, is used as "contingency accommodation" on a nightly basis for families who cannot secure space anywhere else.
Charity Inner City Helping Homeless has said a number of health and safety concerns were raised by people housed there, which must now be investigated.
The building is restricted until "further precautions" can be put in place. This follows a meeting between Dublin City Council (DCC) and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) on Wednesday.
"The fire safety certificate for this premises is currently being processed," said the DFB in a statement.
"The list of works [currently being carried out] include refurbishing of the premises to bring it to an acceptable fire safety standard considering the change of usage on the building."
A spokeswoman for the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) said that all necessary precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the families who were staying there.
An independent fire consultant was drafted in to ensure that the building was safe for use as contingency accommodation.
The remedial measures included the appointment of two fire marshals, who were on duty when families were staying there.
The hotel is being converted into a "family hub" to house homeless families as part of the Government's efforts to end the use of commercial accommodation, and 10 rooms are used for this purpose.
The homeless crisis hit the headlines late last year, when the vacant Apollo House was occupied by campaigners - who were backed by celebrities including Glen Hansard and Jim Sheridan - for almost a month.