Monday 24 October 2016

Taoiseach urged to intervene in latest apartment fire trap fiasco

Published 30/09/2015 | 12:58

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has been urged to personally contact developer Bernard McNamara in a bid to resolve safety defects at the country’s newest firetrap.

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The plight of residents at Dublin’s Longboat Quay complex was raised in the Dáil today.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said the residents, who are facing evacuation unless they fund €4m worth of works, are enduring a “stressful and utterly unacceptable situation”.

Ms McDonald called on Mr Kenny to personally phone Mr McNamara, whose company built the complex in 2006. The firm later went into receivership.

“He’s back in business. Things seem to be good for him again,” Ms McDonald said during ‘Leaders’ Questions’.

Mr Kenny said he is conscious of the difficulties faced by the families and that the country remembers the plight of the residents of Priory Hall.

“There may be others in the system,” Mr Kenny said.

Meanwhile, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger called for a national day of emergency over the homeless crisis.

She told the Taoiseach that a number of homeless people were in the public gallery waiting to hear what solutions the Government can provide.

“These are the Magdalenes of this generation… you will be held to account for your actions on homelessness,” Ms Coppinger said.

Mr Kenny said the Government is fast tracking the roll-out of modular housing as one of a number of steps to addressing the housing crisis.

Earlier, the Taoiseach clashed with Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin over the crime epidemic in rural Ireland.

Mr Martin said people in rural Ireland are feeling neglected and living in fear. He accused Mr Kenny of being “out of touch” with the issues in rural Ireland.

“You got it wrong in terms of the closure of garda stations and you are out of touch with rural Ireland and the people on the ground,” Mr Martin said.

Mr Kenny said he is aware that a small number of gangs are responsible for carrying out the majority of burglaries.

He said some burglaries are “high on substance”, use night vision goggles and travel in high speed cars.

Mr Kenny said €27m has been allocated for specialist garda vehicles.

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