London blaze: Dublin apartment blocks also posed risks

Longboat Quay apartments in Dublin's docklands
Brendan Hughes

FIRE-safety risks have over the years been a concern for residents in several blocks of flats in Dublin.

The 'Celtic Tiger' property boom led to a host of sub-standard developments that failed to meet safety requirements.

In 2011 more than 240 residents were evacuated from the Priory Hall apartment complex after Dublin City Council identified fire risks.

Property developer Tom McFeely – a former IRA hunger-striker originally from Dungiven in Co Derry – was sentenced to three months' imprisonment and fined €1m failing to remedy fire-safety defects, but this was quashed by the Supreme Court on appeal.

In 2015 another Dublin apartment building, Longboat Quay, hit the headlines when up to 900 residents were told they would have to leave because the building was not safe.

The apartments in the city's docklands were built in 2006 by developer Bernard McNamara, but in 2015 Dublin Fire Brigade said the building would have to be evacuated due to fire safety issues.

The deadline was moved to 2017 following legal proceedings.

A deal to cover the €2.5 million cost of repair works was agreed in December last year following lengthy discussions.


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