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Historic buildings 'in danger of collapsing'

SOME of the capital's most historic buildings are in danger of collapsing due to neglect.

Heritage group An Taisce says up to 200 buildings need urgent works to save them, including the Iveagh Markets, Boland's Mill and the former Hume Street Hospital.

Many of the buildings were bought at the height of the property bubble and are now lying empty. An Taisce said the city council needs to use powers under the Derelict Sites Act and Development Act 2000 to save the buildings.

"The time for taking action... is when it becomes vacant or when signs of vandalism or water damage appears, not after the roof has been allowed to collapse," An Taisce's Charles Stanley-Smith said.

Irish Independent