Saturday 10 December 2016

It's taxpayers who end up footing the bill for faulty homes

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Longboat Quay Apartments near dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Mark Condren
Longboat Quay Apartments near dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Mark Condren

The Longboat Quay debacle is another sad legacy of the Celtic Tiger. We now know that some developers were so intent on throwing up homes they not only disregarded building standards, but also treated their customers' safety with utter contempt.

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The question now is just how many other problem developments are out there?

The simple answer is, we don't know. It's not until a building surveyor or engineer takes a good, hard look at the walls separating attics, or the partitions between apartments and common areas, or the ventilation systems or the fire alarms, that knowledge of problems emerges.

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