Residents of Meath apartment complex fear they will be served with fire safety notice
Published 05/10/2015 | 13:19
Residents living in yet another apartment complex built during the Celtic Tiger boom fear that they will be served with a fire-safety notice this week.
Residents of a 26-unit development Riverwalk court in Ratoath fear they face being evacuated unless enough money is found to make structural repairs.
Rough estimates of the cost stand at €70,000 per duplex apartment, or €40,000 per two-bedroom apartment, residents' spokesperson Martin Fitzmaurice said.
"Basically a fire safety notice, a statutory one would be issued from the council if they believe that there's a serious issue in the apartment complex."
"The next step would be a statutory inspection, and then the next step would be to give stakeholders a reasonable timeframe for works to start."
"If those works don't start in time as directed by the fire officer, the ultimate end of that process is evacuation," he told Newstalk.
Mr Fitzmaurice, who is a landlord and does not reside in the complex, says residents are fearful for their safety.
"My neighbours are terrified, they come home from work and they're terrified that if there is a fire, how do they get out?... Do they jump off balconies with their kids?"
Fears about the Ratoath development come as almost 900 people in Dublin's Longboat Quay complex face being evacuated unless some €4m is found to make structural repairs.