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Sunday 23 July 2017

Fire safety review here extended after Grenfell

Grenfell Tower block. REUTERS
Grenfell Tower block. REUTERS
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Planned measures in response to the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London will be discussed by Cabinet.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has asked all local authorities to review fire safety in multi-storey social housing complexes.

Council bosses have been given until next Wednesday to respond.

Mr Murphy will also announce that a survey of cladding in high rise buildings in Dublin will be extended to other areas of the country.

The Dublin Bay South TD will detail how the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has also been asked to notify all landlords of their responsibilities in the context of fire safety.

"A fire safety information leaflet has been developed in conjunction with my department and is in the process of being distributed to all landlords," the memo states.

A preliminary survey of the use of cladding products on residential buildings over 18 metres (six storeys) will now be extended outside Dublin, Mr Murphy will tell Cabinet.

An alert has also been sent to more than 57,000 users of the building control system to remind them of their obligations in relation to fire safety. Last month, Mr Murphy requested that a high-level task force leads Ireland's re-appraisal of fire safety.

More than 80 people perished in last month's blaze at Grenfell Tower. Mr Murphy will emphasise to his colleagues the importance of learning lessons from the tragedy.

Irish Independent

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