NAMA demolition work halted by house martins
The demolition of a derelict apartment block by NAMA has been postponed because house martins are nesting in the block.
It happened at the Gleann Riada estate in Longford town where the National Asset Management Agency's demolition hit a snag after the protected birds were discovered nesting in the building.
NAMA is financing the demolition in a project that was expected to take three weeks.
However, a spokesperson for the National Parks and Wildlife Service has said three nests of house martins found on the apartment block will have to be investigated before the demolition can take place.
"We're working see how close they are to fledging, so it may be a case of being able to move the nest without disturbing the birds.
"By law it's an offence to disturb the birds but we are hoping not to delay the project as we understand what the residents are going through, but it is important we protect these birds," they said.