Unscrupulous developers and lack of regulation caused Longboat Quay fiasco – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh took the Tánaiste to task during Leaders’ Question today on the failure of the government to protect tenants and homeowners from fire hazards due to a failure to adequately legislate for fire-safety regulation, allowing developers to build without appropriate checks.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Yesterday my party colleague raised with the Taoiseach the appalling prospect that up to 600 who were living in Longboat Quay will be forced out of their homes today unless they come up with €4million by today.
“These are the latest innocent victims of reckless and unscrupulous property developers who in their drive for profit have and are playing Russian Roulette with the lives of families by building substandard, unsafe housing in the property frenzy in particular during the “boom” years.
“The residents of Longboat Quay are now having to pay and suffer because of lack of planning regulations and enforcement. They were exploited by Fianna Fáil developers like Bernard McNamara and others in the past. These are the same people who collapsed regeneration programmes across the city.
“You are facilitating that Tánaiste by not bringing in proper legislation Why have you not acted on the systematic failure by government, by local authorities, to follow up on reports that some of the complexes in this city and this country that are too dangerous to live in?
“Minister I don’t think you have manage to persuade anybody that the matter will be resolved because you have just kicked it down to touch until such time as Dublin City Council have full charge of the docklands. Why not take initiative yourself? We do not want to repeat the long drawn saga that was Priory Hall or many others.
“Minister do you agree that there is a need for legislation to ensure that surveyors, architects and in particular planners can be held to account for their failures? Will you commit to a comprehensive audit of entire new build in the Docklands area since 1990s and then extended to the rest of the city and country? Can you ensure that in the future every single building in this country will comply fully with fire regulations?”