Sunday 23 October 2016

Longboat Quay row in Dáil as legal action by residents looms

Kevin Doyle and Martin Grant

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Longboat Quay
Longboat Quay

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not ring developer Bernard McNamara about fire safety deficiencies at the Longboat Quay apartments.

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Mr Kenny made the comments in the Dáil as the owners and residents at Longboat Quay said they would take legal action on Friday if they were forced to pay for remedial works to resolve fire safety issues.

They were speaking following a "supportive" meeting with Environment Minister Alan Kelly at Leinster House yesterday.

The Dáil was told that "residents are living night after night in fear of fire or evacuation" at the complex in Dublin's docklands.

During Leaders' Questions, Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach to contact Mr McNamara, who had an interest in the company that built the apartments.

"Will you, as Taoiseach, bring all responsible parties around the table to foot the bill?" Ms McDonald asked, before adding that Mr Kenny had "very thoroughly washed your hands of this situation".


In response, Mr Kenny said the development was the result of "poor standards of the so-called Celtic Tiger".

"We need to get to the bottom of this," he said.

Ms McDonald raised laughter in the Dáil when she asked her fellow deputies if any of them had a number for Mr McNamara so that she could give him a call herself.

The management company and residents said they would go to court if the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) and the receiver did not increase their offer to cover the cost.

Resident Michael Ingle refused to comment on the form of legal action they would take. He said they outlined their position to the DDDA last Friday and had given them seven days to respond.

"If no meaningful response is forthcoming, then we may have no option but to go to court," said Mr Ingle.

While the residents welcomed the meeting with Mr Kelly, he did not offer any State funding to solve the issue. Mr Ingle added that "no particular funds" were mentioned.

Irish Independent

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