Saturday 19 August 2017

Hotel used to house families does not have fire certificate

Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street which is being used to house homeless families. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street which is being used to house homeless families. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A Dublin hotel being used as emergency accommodation for homeless families does not yet have a fire certificate.

Lynam's Hotel on O'Connell Street is used as "contingency accommodation" for families who cannot secure any other accommodation.

Charity Inner City Helping the Homeless has said a number of health and safety concerns were raised by clients housed there which must now be investigated.

The building is currently restricted until "further precautions" can be put in place. This follows a meeting of Dublin City Council and Dublin Fire Brigade on Wednesday.

DFB said in a statement: "The Fire Safety Certificate for this premises is currently being processed. The list of works include refurbishing of the premises to bring it to an acceptable fire safety standard considering the change of usage on the building."

A spokeswoman for Dublin Regional Homeless Executive said all necessary precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the families staying there.

An independent fire consultant was drafted in to make sure it was safe, she said. These measures included the appointment of two fire marshals who are on duty when families are staying there. The hotel is being converted into a "family hub" to house homeless families.

"Dublin City Council met with Dublin's Fire Services on June 21 and will be working with the fire services over the next few days to implement further precautions to enable the facility to continue to be utilised for contingency purposes following the completion of works on the additional precautions."

Irish Independent

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