Wednesday 24 January 2018

Alan Kelly agrees to meet with Longboat Quay residents facing mass eviction

Longboat Quay: repairs will cost an estimated €4m
Longboat Quay: repairs will cost an estimated €4m

Niall O’Connor

Environment Minister Alan Kelly will tomorrow meet the devastated residents of firetrap apartment complex ‘Longboat Quay’ as the prospect of evacuation looms.

Mr Kelly has asked his officials to develop a package for residents, who are facing hefty bills in order to resolve the fire defects.

The package being designed for residents could include interest-free loans, the Labour Party deputy leader said.

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

The residents are due to meet Dublin’s Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh today before a separate meeting with Mr Kelly tomorrow.

Dublin City Council will tonight debate an emergency motion, tabled by Labour councillor Dermot Lacey, to ensure residents are not forced to pay for remedial works.

Read More: Longboat Quay could be one of many, says Kelly

The residents of Longboat Quay are potentially facing evacuation from their homes and bills of nearly €20,000 to fix the fire-safety deficiencies in the blocks of apartments.

Minister Alan Kelly
Minister Alan Kelly

Speaking yesterday, Mr Kelly blamed insufficient regulation in the past for deficiencies in buildings like the ones seen at Priory Hall, Millfield Manor and, more recently, Longboat Quay.

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