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City Council Tenants demand action on fire trap

27 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan has called on Dublin City Council, "to take action to avoid another fire tragedy which is waitng to happen in one of their flat complexes."

Speaking ahead of tonight's public meeting with residents, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Since 2002 three people have died as a result of fires in Council flats in the Ross Road, Bride St & Nicholas St area. Following the tragic death of two children in 2002, Dublin City Council said that they would immediately take action to ensure that all possible fire prevention procedures were put in place, including installation of fire doors, fire alarms, training and support for local residents.

"But local residents are not happy with the lack of work to date. They brought in their own independent fire prevention consultant who has voiced serious concern and said that the flats in this area do not even meet Dublin City Council's own fire regulation standards. The consultant disputes that any real work has been done to prevent further tragedy.

A public meeting organised by the lcoal Residents Association will take place in Whitefriar Street Community Centre, Aungier Street this evening (Thursday 27th October) at 7.30pm.

In conclusion Cllr. Daithi Doolan demanded that "Council officials meet with the residents, listen to their concerns and carry out all work necessary to ensure these people's homes meet fire prevention standards and further tragedy is avoided." ENDS

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