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Taoiseach unwilling to intervene directly to help Longboat Quay residents - McDonald

6 October, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald once again asked the Taoiseach to intervene in the Longboat Quay fiasco, where nearly 900 residents are now facing evacuation within 25 days if they don’t foot the bill of millions of euro for fire safety works.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today, Deputy McDonald said:

“Taoiseach, last week I asked you to personally intervene on the issue of fire safety works at Longboat Quay. I asked you to contact Bernard McNamara directly to ensure that he and those responsible for the lack of adequate fire safety at Longboat Quay footed the bill.

“And since last week the situation for the 900 residents has gotten worse. They now have 25 days to start the works or they will be evacuated. They have been told by Dublin City Council management that the Council will not be able to house them if they are evacuated

“The offer of additional funding from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority has been rightly rejected by the residents as unacceptable. They have 25 days to come up with millions of euro. Taoiseach, you and I both know that that is neither possible not fair.

“Bernard McNamara and the people he employed are responsible for these apartments. It is not acceptable that residents spend every night living in fear of fire or evacuation while Mr McNamara goes on rebuilding his development empire.

 “Last week the Royal Institute of Architects said that many more Longboat Quays could happen because building control legislation has yet to be fixed. They called for the increased resourcing of local authorities to allow them to properly police building standards

“They called very importantly for mandatory independent inspections, which would be outside the control or influence of developers and builders. They called for the establishment of a consumer redress scheme and much more. But all we get from the Taoiseach is an unwillingness to intervene directly. You ought to make it clear in the Dáil, Taoiseach that residents will not be expected to put their hands in their pocket.

“Taoiseach, you very thoroughly washed your hands of this situation or at least you’re attempting to. You ought to be giving a commitment, rather than slapping yourself on the back -  that you will in fact introduce the necessary amending legislation and new resources to make sure that this horror story isn’t revisited in the future.”

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