Opinion

Friday 20 April 2018

If McNamara is to be allowed to build again, let him sort out Longboat Quay first

Bernard McNamara has a family background in building
Bernard McNamara has a family background in building
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

The Edwardian house on Ailesbury Road, in Ireland's most expensive quarter, was not grand enough. So the new owner demolished it and built a 16,000 sq ft monument to his success, complete with basement swimming pool beneath a transparent ballroom floor. The detail, the finish, the gadgets - the compliance with building standards - were not found wanting.

Elsewhere, however, Bernard McNamara had little concern for the detail, the finish, the quality, the fire regulations or compliance with building standards.

The failure of his apartment development at Longboat Quay to meet fire safety standards puts 600 residents at risk of evacuation, not to mention financial ruin.

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