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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Longboat Quay could be one of many, says Kelly

Alan Kelly: blamed the lack of sufficient regulation in the past
Alan Kelly: blamed the lack of sufficient regulation in the past

John Brennan

Minister Alan Kelly has said he believes there are other buildings with problems similar to those seen in the Longboat Quay development.

The Minister for the Environment appeared on RTÉ's 'The Week in Politics', where he referenced another development in Kildare with similar problems.

The estate - to which he did not refer by name - is Millfield Manor in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Six houses were destroyed and up to 30 suffered extensive smoke damage in the estate when a fire broke out on March 31.

Many of the residents in the estate were "not sure if they were in danger too", local councillor Paddy Kennedy told the Irish Independent.

Another local councillor, Willie Crowley, has previously said: "There are 79 homes and 129 apartments" in the estate in Newbridge.

After the fire, a report was compiled by Michael Slattery and Associates, which found numerous deficiencies, such as boards which weren't fixed to the studs in the walls and a lack of cavity barriers, thus increasing the risk of a fire being able to spread.

In September, the minister announced that there would be a review of the housing estate in Newbridge.

Mr Kelly told RTÉ he believed that fire-safety deficiencies identified at Longboat Quay in Dublin had been replicated elsewhere, referencing Millfield Manor.

His comments were in response to the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI), which had warned that current building regulations could not ensure that there would not be similar problems in the future.


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.

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.

Residents of Longboat Quay will meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, today and they hope to meet Mr Kelly later this week.

Mr Kelly also discussed the housing crisis during his RTÉ interview, mentioning that he is willing to enact emergency legislation to see the introduction of modular homes if this proves necessary.

Irish Independent

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