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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Former sheriff bought firetrap flat and was not told of safety issues

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

Laura Larkin and Shane Phelan

Former Dublin Sheriff John Fitzpatrick bought an apartment in a firetrap apartment complex after defects had been discovered, but was not told about the problems.

John Fitzpatrick paid in the region of €400,000 for an apartment in Longboat Quay last summer - after serious fire safety issues had been found.

He was not made aware of the issues until Tuesday of this week, when residents and owners learned the scale of the problems that will cost an estimated €4m to remedy.

"That really annoyed me. That's part of my pension," Mr Fitzpatrick told the Irish Independent.

The former Dublin County Sheriff has three tenants in the apartment. "It came as a shock and I'm sure a greater shock to the tenants," he said.

"It's extraordinary, it just amazes me that nobody thought to tell us.

"It's a pity for the people whose only home it is and who have mortgages. They are a lot worse off than I am," he said.

Since the problems were first uncovered, four apartments have been sold in the development.

At a recent Allsops auction in the RDS on September 10, another apartment was sold for €250,000.

Meanwhile, it has now emerged that fire drills must be held at the apartment block on a regular basis.

The fire-safety notice issued by Dublin Fire Brigade for Longboat Quay requires that evacuation drills be held at fortnightly intervals at varying times.

It also requires immediate measures to ensure occupants receive appropriate instruction and training in fire safety.


The notice also requires arrangements to be made for the provisions and maintenance of equipment and fittings for fire detection, fire prevention, the extinguishing of fires, the giving of warning in case of a fire and ventilation systems.

It also includes requirements on smoke ventilation, fire separation between apartments and the upgrading of fire doors.

Irish Independent

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