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Doolan - Developers should pay bond to Dublin City Council

10 February, 2004


Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East Daithí Doolan, speaking at a public meeting in Ringsend tonight, has demanded that the Health and Safety Authority close down Danniger Developers Barrow Street site pending the publication of the report on the site.

They have the power to do this under Section 39 of the 1989 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act. I am appealing to them to use this Act to guarantee the safety of those both on and off their site.

Tonight's public meeting was to discuss action to be taken with Danniger Developers on their site on which last week a 200-foot crane collapsed.

Mr. Doolan went on to say, "as well as closure of the site, I am demanding that Danniger's Liam Carroll meets with residents of the neighbouring community and reassures them that all cranes on the site will be examined by the Health and Safety Authority. Danniger should also give assurances that to avoid similar incidences in the future they will consult with local residents.

To put this into context; no other community in Dublin should be held to ransom by Danniger or any private developer.

To ensure that developments adhere to the by-laws of this city I am proposing that a bond be paid to the City Council for the duration of future building development.

This bond could then be used to pay any fines incurred or to fund independent investigations into incidents."

ENDS.

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