Concern at safety issues in Belmayne apartments
Concern has been expressed at the safety issues which have arisen at apartments in the Belmayne estate in North Dublin.
Local Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha said that he had been briefed that some 200 occupied apartments are potentially affected.
“It is a matter of concern that fire safety issues have arisen in apartments in the Belmayne estate. Dublin City Council officials have stated that this problem came to light when the developer Stanley Holdings was carrying out work on apartments and discovered that an element of construction required for fire safety was not included. They state that the developer informed the Council and is now commencing work to rectify the matter.
“I understand that all works are due to be completed in three or four months on a phased basis, with residents being relocated in the area for the number of days it will take to finish the works in each apartment.
“Given the scandal of the nearby Priory Hall complex, this latest development will naturally raise renewed concerns about the soundness of construction and fire safety in apartments built during the property boom. It appears that in this case, in contrast to Priory Hall, the developer came forward and is acting appropriately.
“However, given the total inadequacy of the planning laws, regulations and enforcement – as exposed by the Priory Hall scandal – there is an onus on all developers to re-check their apartments and houses to ensure that they are fully compliant. Equally, the Minister for the Environment needs to tighten planning laws, regulations and enforcement to protect the public.”