Thursday 8 December 2016

Debacle of fire-trap buildings must not be let happen again

Published 05/10/2015 | 02:30

Longboat Quay complex
Longboat Quay complex

Trust, like fine china, once broken can be repaired, but it is never quite the same. Similarly with the current costly flaws in construction that were the inevitable outcome of the flamboyant, unregulated mad boom years of the Celtic Tiger, reputations of developers or builders are not easily restored.

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We already had the Tom McFeely Priory Hall fire-hazard scandal in north Dublin being repaired at a cost of €27m. Meath County Council recently made headlines on discovering that a 26-unit development, Riverwalk Court in Ratoath, had a number of serious structural problems.

However, the most worrying to date are the 300 apartments involving 900 people in Dublin's Longboat Quay complex, who are facing evacuation unless around €4m is found to make structural repairs. This is a real confidence-shatterer, since these were constructed for Bernard McNamara, one of the most prolific low-profile developers of the Celtic Tiger era.

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