A HIGH Court judge has ordered that two properties be vacated after being informed that the fire brigade believes they represent "a clear and present danger" to their occupants.
One of properties, which are both located on Dublin's northside, was described in court as a shed heated by an oven, with three adults and an 18- month-old child living in it. The court also heard that a fire had occurred at the other premises, which is divided into a number of flats.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy granted Dublin City Council interim injunctions, against the landlord of the properties Kevin Galvin of Furrypark Road, Killester, Dublin 5, directing that all the residents at 116 Cabra Park, Dublin 7 and those living in a unit to the rear of 41 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, be vacated.
The court also granted the council permission to bring proceedings in relation to another property owned by Mr Galvin, at 73 Cabra Park, Dublin 7. The judge made all matters, which were granted on an ex-parte (one side only) basis, returnable before the High Court next week.
James Connolly, for Dublin City Council, said that this was an unusual application but was being brought under the Section 23 of the 1981 Fire Safety Act because of the "seriousness" of the situation.
Counsel said that a fire safety official had deemed that the premises are a fire hazard and a risk to the occupants.
There were concerns about emergency lighting, the lack of fire extinguishers, properly working fire alarms, the doors and windows of the properties owned by Mr Galvin.
Both properties had been subject to Fire Safety notifications issued in April of 2008 but officials believed that they had not been complied with.
In relation to 41 Phibsborough Road, counsel said that three adults and an 18-month old-child, believed to be Romanians, were found to be living in a shed in the yard beside the main house and were using an oven to heat the unit.