Friday 22 September 2017

List of 'self-certified' buildings to be compiled

Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Dublin City Council is asking the city's chief fire officer to compile a list of buildings that were self-certified as fire safety compliant.

The move comes after it emerged at least five schools were found to have fire safety issues.

Solidarity councillor Michael O'Brien put forward an emergency motion at the council's monthly meeting yesterday. It was accepted without debate.

"It's been basically a box-ticking exercise, where a builder and an architect got together and filled out forms, confirming a building was fire safe," he said of the building process in recent years.

However, he told the Irish Independent procedures have been tightened up in more recent years, especially after the Priory Hall scandal.

His motion also noted "with concern" that the Department of Education had tried to prevent the results of fire safety inspections becoming public. The department refused, on two occasions, to release fire safety reports to local newspaper the 'Dublin Inquirer', requested in December 2016 under the Freedom of Information Act. The decision was eventually overturned by the Information Commissioner on August 10.

Fire safety reports for Powerstown Education Together in Tyrrelstown, Belmayne Educate Together, Belmayne St Francis of Assisi, Greystones Gaelscoil, and Mullingar Educate Together were within the scope of the report.

Meanwhile, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy angered members of the council after he decided against appearing to discuss the housing crisis. The council had invited him to attend its first meeting after the summer break last night.

However, Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha said Mr Murphy responded that he would appear only after the Rebuilding Ireland report had been completed. He said he was disappointed with the minister.

This was met with anger by all parties on the council, other than Fine Gael.

Irish Independent

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