Wednesday 18 October 2017

McAleese a victim in firetrap complex saga

Mary McAleese
Mary McAleese

Paul Melia and Laura Larkin

Former President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin bought two apartments in Longboat Quay - the Dublin city centre complex branded a firetrap by Taoiseach Enda Kenny where residents face evacuation.

One of the apartments was transferred to a Sara McAleese just a year ago, land registry documents show. The McAleeses bought the apartments in the middle of the last decade. The former President was still in office and living in Áras an Uachtaráin at the time.

Based on the value of properties in the development at the time, they were reported to have spent a combined sum in the region of €1.2m on the two apartments at the end of 2006.

Attempts to contact the former President and her family for comment on the current situation at Longboat Quay were unsuccessful last night.

Meanwhile, residents living in yet another apartment complex built during the Celtic Tiger boom are to meet with lawyers and the local council tomorrow amid concerns their homes also pose a fire safety risk.

The fresh fears about a development in Ratoath, Co Meath, come as almost 900 people in the Longboat Quay complex face being evacuated unless some €4m is found to make repairs.

Residents in the 300 apartments, built by developer Bernard McNamara at the height of the boom, face paying up to €18,000 each to cover necessary structural works.

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